Baig: Boot Camp works so well it reminds me why I prefer Mac OS X to Windows XP in the first place

“Remarkable as it sounds, an Apple iMac, at least in most respects, has become the most appealing Windows computer in my house. The machine is blazing fast. Its beautiful 20-inch display is the nicest I’ve got,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “This near-miraculous transformation is made possible, of course, thanks to Apple’s Boot Camp software. You would have had to be buried under an MS-DOS computer to have missed last week’s apocalyptic arrival of this “beta” program; Boot Camp lets owners of Macintoshes with Intel processors run Microsoft Windows XP. That’s not all. Northern Virginia start-up Parallels has unveiled beta software that lets Macs and Windows live in harmony on the same system.”

“I’m as delighted as the next guy about being able to operate XP on a Mac, if only because the idea still seems so outrageous… Moreover, you may want to run games or business applications or visit websites that don’t make nice with the Mac’s otherwise superior OS X Tiger operating system,” Baig reports. “Boot Camp performed like a champ… Boot Camp works so well it reminds me why I prefer Tiger to XP in the first place. It wasn’t long after installing the program that the iMac behaved like, well, a Windows PC. I was urged to install anti-virus software. (Macs have avoided the virus plague.) I encountered an Internet Explorer “Script Error.” And a DVD failed to play inside Windows Media Player, apparently because I didn’t have a compatible DVD decoder.

“But Boot Camp has one major drawback: It does not let you run OS X and Windows at the same time… The ability to run both operating systems simultaneously is the attraction behind the Parallels Workstation beta program I have been testing. It lets you easily toggle between OS X and Windows, as well as operating systems such as Linux, OS/2, Solaris and, yes, MS-DOS… For all its promise, this ‘virtualization’ program isn’t as polished as Boot Camp. Parallels’ beta, unlike Apple’s, actually feels like a beta… Going back and forth between Windows and a Mac is unquestionably cool. But until Parallels exterminates the bugs, the only way to get a reliable Windows/Mac is through Boot Camp,” Baig reports.

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  1. @ NDELC >

    The company is American, the programming team is Russian-based.

    So what, didn’t Skype come out of Latvia or some such.

    Not everything that’s done in Russia is crooked, just a considerable percentage.

  2. “I also want to run Vista apps in Mac OS X, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

    DirectX is the reason”

    This is true for the time being. Direct X 10 requires a totally new graphics card that supports it (not even sure if there are any on the market yet), but Vista is (of course) backward compatible with Driect X 9 – so everything available now or in the future which doesn’t ABSOLUTELY REQUIRE DX 10 (Mostly games I presume – I hear Halo 2 will only run on Vista with DX 10 when it is released) will run. I’m not a gamer so It’s not that much of interest to me. I wont even be using bootcamp on my Mac.

    Anyway………Vista really won’t be an “official” release until the first service pack comes out (probably 2008), so there is nothing to worry about in the near future.

    For me……..NO BOOTCAMP!!!………..but that’s a personal choice – I just don’t need it.

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