“If you think running Windows XP on an Apple Macintosh sounds like hot stuff, wait until something called virtualization takes off. Then you’ll be able to run Windows, the Mac operating system and Linux at the same time, toggling between them as easily as you now click between applications running in different windows,” Kevin Maney reports for USA Today. “And that’s not long in coming. Virtualization is already running on at least 4 million PCs, says Diane Greene, who runs the leading virtualization software company, VMware. The company’s products won’t run on Macs yet, and they’re not ready for the mass market. VMware is used, for instance, by people who run Linux on Windows machines.”
“But virtualization is a fast-growing business for VMware and its parent, EMC. ‘We’d like to let anybody run any operating system (OS) on any machine,’ Greene says. ‘You’ll be able to buy any application you want and not worry what OS it runs on.’ Apple’s Boot Camp only takes that so far. It makes it easier to run Windows XP on a Mac, but you’d have to restart your computer to get from one to the other. There is software on the Web that can make a Mac run another OS, but it’s difficult to use. Virtualization software tricks the computer into thinking each OS is the only one on the machine – so multiple operating systems can run simultaneously but not get in each others’ way. VMware has plans to roll out virtualization for consumers over coming years. ‘We can run it on the Mac OS in our labs already,’ Greene says,” Maney reports.
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