‘Windows XP on Intel Mac’ contest won

“Contest has been won – updates to follow shortly. All further donations will go into an account to sustain the open source project that will be launched with the initial solution,” reads an announcement on the “Windows XP on an Intel Mac Contest” website.

The total prize won amounts to US$13,854.

The rules of the contest included such provisions as:
• Instructions must boot Windows XP (at least), not Vista or any other version of Windows.
• Windows must be able to coexist with Mac OS X and each system may not interfere with the operation of the other (basically a traditional dual boot system where one OS is running at a time)
• Your method, upon starting the computer, must offer the user to boot either OS X or Windows XP
• You cannot use virtualization software such as Xen or VMWare
• Winner gives contest website the rights to post the solution exclusively

More info here.

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Related articles:
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  1. Can someone please explain to me the hoopla surrounding this? If some one can made Virtual PC for a PowerPC (and it worked rather well), I fail to see why making something similar for an Intel Core Duo is a big deal.

    With Virtual PC you can drag and drop from one platform to another. WIth this dual boot thing, I doubt it if it is anywhere near as flexible.

    I have absolutely no doubts that there will Microsoft will make a Virtual PC for the new Macs; they have everything to gain.

    Again, I just don’t get it. Please to esplain dis one, Lucy.

  2. Mike,

    While VirtualPC may be a great product it doesn’t allow access directly to hardware such as video cards… this is not good if you’re using apps that require any amount of graphics…

    Virtualization may hold a better view if it’s implemented correctly. The hardware’s there, it just needs to be accessed without affecting the rest of the system, just like it would if it was a native app.

    Personnally, I’m looking forward to products like VMWare for the Mac! or even Core level virtualization that will enable us to run OS X and WinXP/Vista virtually and concurrently with OS X


  3. Oh finally I can toss this insecure Mac OS X and get the other insecure one everyone uses.

    I’m going to have my white iMactel painted black with purple neon trim too.

    I wonder how the fans and cooling system is controled?

  4. Yep… For me this is not a big deal because I do my best not to touch windows in any way. But for some users who depend on a windows only software which has to take use of the hardware at its fullest it just might be a reason to switch. And that my friends is always a good thing. But ultimately a wine like virtualization solution would be the best way to run win apps on a mac. It would make Windows PCs obsolete.

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