A switcher’s guide to Windows, Mac OS X

“It seems like every other blog, forum, or tech enthusiast site is talking about Apple’s new Boot Camp beta, which makes it extremely easy to dual-boot to Windows XP on Intel-based Macs. There are tons of opinion pieces about what this means for the industry, what it means for Apple or Microsoft, how it’s going to impact game developers—you name it. It seems as though more and more users are making the switch—the most vocal are the Windows users buying Macs for the first time (or the first time in years) now that they can easily run all their Windows apps. Less vocal, but definitely out there, are the Mac users making a Windows partition to gain access to that handful of programs their Windows-using buddies are always talking about,” Jason Cross writes for Extreme Tech.

“Whether you’re a Mac user delving into Windows XP or a Windows user trying out your first Mac, our guide will help you get started. We’ll try not to bog you down with too many little details; after all, exploring is half the fun,” Cross writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeremy” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Thanks to being stuck with them at work, most Mac users are all too familiar with Windows; which is why we choose Macs for our own use. But, no matter, humor them for now. Remember, we’re in the very early stage of the “embrace” part of our “embrace and extinguish” journey. First job: get ’em on Macs and let ’em run Windows if that’s what they think they want to do right now. They’ll learn soon enough and naturally “extinguish” Windows all by themselves. Patience, grasshoppers. For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to embrace and a time to extinguish. Think about the end game and put on a happy face while reading Cross’s guide for switchers.

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  1. Yes I’ll say it again, we will not succeed in getting Windows out of our lives my being over accomodating on Apple hardware.

    BootCamp blows – I’m sorry, but that’s what I believe. Best case scenario out of BC is, we haven’t shot ourselves in the foot bad enough to bleed to death.

    Could I possibly be wrong – Damn I hope so.

  2. I think Boot Camp is great. It does what it does, quite well, even for a beta release.

    Boot camp lets me run Swish, which is not available for OSX. In fact, nothing like it is available for OSX. I’ve written emails to developers begging for Mac versions of their software to let them know that we’re out there, but those requests always fall on deaf ears. (Hopefully as we gain market share, this may change.)

    VPC doesn’t work on Intel Imacs. Parallels is beta. Boot Camp is reliable. It’s the only viable solution for me right now. I hate using Windows. I hate that when I’m using XP, I try to engage Expose so I can find a window on the desktop, and of course, it doesn’t work. I hate nearly everything about Windows. But I’m forced to use it sometimes. Nothing else I can do.

    If you don’t like Boot Camp, fine. But saying it blows implies that it doesnt work. It does work, well. It just does something you don’t want it to do.

    Kinda like me thinking Phish sucks. Of course they don’t suck. They are very good at what they do—they are great musicians. However, I find WHAT they do just terrible. I hate that noodling, meandering, boring music. So I just avoid that kind of music whenever possible.

    In other words, if you don’t like Boot Camp, don’t use it. It’s only going to be around a few months anyway, until Leopard lets you run Windows apps natively or with a VPC-style non-rebooting kinda way.


  3. The only people who need a switchers guide to XP are grandparents and kids in families where son/dad or daughter/mum has been sensible and started them off with a mac. Everyone else will have been cursed with Windows at some point in their education / work

  4. Ok, I confess – Allowing Windows to run so well (some say better than on a traditional Windows box) on a Mac just makes me sick to my stomach – I can’t help it – what can I do.

    I promise that when Macs can run most Windows apps without running Windows I will be positive, happy, and excited. Indeed, if that happens the game will pretty much be over for MSW.

  5. Pretty good article for anyone that only uses just one OS and want to try the other. My experience has been that experienced MS Windows users become frustrated the first time they use OSX unless you are there to hold their hand. OSX is fun and a lot easier than Windows – but if you been trained on Windows, OSX can be frustrating for first time users. I don’t have much experience with people going backwards (i.e., OSX to M$).

    The word-ads annoy me also.

  6. The article writer’s heart is in the right place, but it all comes across as rather pointless.

    I would like to think that there are Mac users out there who know nothing of Windows, but my guess is that we all have to deal with Windows at some point in our lives, and those of us who are lucky enough not to, are probably not going to be bothering to shell out hundreds of dollars to install it on our Macs.

  7. I will sell my XP laptop and get a 17″ MacBook Pro for that one, XP only program I need for my business.

    I don’t know if I will go with dual booting though. It is amazing how many anti malware, communication, printing and other support programs, not to mention the monolithic operating system I have to buy and support just to run that one program. On top of all that the program itself that I have to use is $2500.00.

    Virtualization will allow me to run my XP program in complete isolation and use the Mac side for communication, printing et cetera.

    The Mac side just works.

  8. Most Mac users who will run Windows under BootCamp in order to fulfill some task that can only be done that way are like the sports-car driver who rents a pick-up to haul some trash. It gets that job done better than your daily driver, but that doesn’t mean you want one…

  9. Heheheeh

    I gotta say that MDN “take” made me laugh —

    “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to embrace and a time to extinguish.” ????

    It all sounds so… demented! What are we, insane fanatics? Okay, well, don’t answer that one…

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