Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 18:38 UTC, submitted by vondur
Mac OS X Robert X. Cringely thinks that Apple will offer virtualization in Mac OS 10.5, but in order to do that, he thinks Apple will need to drop Mach. "So Apple will at least offer the option for users to run a virtualized version of Windows Vista atop OS X. Don't be surprised, either, to see that OS X 10.5 has a new kernel, finally giving up Mach and a big piece of its NeXTstep heritage. I write this for one thing - because OS X has kernel problems and needs some help, especially with swap space. I say it also because of the departure of Avie Tevanian, Apple's chief software technology officer, and the guy who hung onto Mach for so long." The Mach kernel has recently been the target for complaints; esp. in server duties, OSX' kernel lags behind significantly compared to i.e. Linux.
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Virtualized without shell...
by th3rmite on Mon 17th Apr 2006 20:16 UTC
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I think the way Apple is going to go is virtualization that doesn't require the Windows Shell to run. For example under linux I had "hacked" my VMware install to start MS Office without the windows shell, thus simulating the program running without Windows seeming to run. I imagine if Apple doesn't completely supprot something like this they will build in the mechanisms so that other companies can create software that does this. Thus making it seem like Windows programs are running directly in OSX. The only downside to this is you will need to have a windows license.

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