Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2006 15:15 UTC
Apple "Apple has shiny new x86 based iMacs and the eloquently named MacBooks (yech) out on the market, and reviews, barring a few fawning toadies in the print media, are exceptionally rare. The usual Apple cooked benchmarks abound, but there is no real third party analysis, I think mainly because it is afraid of what will be found. The biggest bloomer is its tacit non-denials of the fact that the current x86 macs will never run XP in an approved or corporately acceptable fashion, and Vista is a long long long shot. Apple knows, is doing nothing to quell the rumours and speculation, and I think that's irresponsible."
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RE: Yellow lead
by chrish on Thu 16th Feb 2006 15:56 UTC in reply to "Yellow lead"
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No kidding. He seems to be assuming the "corporate" customers would want to buy these systems to run XP for some reason, which would be ridiculous.

There are already some EFI-based motherboards shipping, with the legacy BIOS module (and probably without much else) active. It's not an impossible problem.

And there's always Virtual PC/VMWare/Darwine which will appear at some point.

He missed a few details in his flamebaiting though. Apple's EFI won't even read "standard" x86 partition tables, or standard bootable DVDs. This is the first major problem that needs to be overcome, assuming you actually want XP to run on your Mac. You can also update EFI on an existing system by adding modules, etc. The author seems to think it's in a ROM or something.

I suppose it's also possible (but unlikely) that someone will figure out a way to make XP boot from a proper EFI system without all that legacy crap it requires now.

Personally, if I can find a way to run my XP games on an x86 Mac at near-native speed (Cedega, hear my prayers!), I'm dropping my existing x86 box like a cobra.

- chrish

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