Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Mar 2006 18:40 UTC, submitted by Varg Vikernes
Apple Dan Kusnetzky, Apple program vice president, spoke to PC Pro News at IDC and said that Apple has no plans to support booting into Vista on the new Intel Macs. However, a Microsoft spokesman said that Microsoft would have no problem granting a Windows licence to Apple, in exactly the same way it currently provides licences to Dell and HP: "Microsoft would support Apple the same way it supports every other PC manufacturer." But Dan Kusnetzky said it would be difficult to know who would support that machine if Windows was running on a Mac. However, "no doubt someone will work out how to run Windows on the Mac, even if Apple doesn't technically support that."
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by Network23 on Sun 12th Mar 2006 19:47 UTC
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Can anyone explain why MacOS X 10.4.5 runs perfectly on my IBM laptop?

Yes, it is Maxxus version but explain why it runs *perfectly* on my IBM laptop - including support for wLan, BlueTooth, network cards, USB, special keys, special IBM function keys, the trackpointer etc.

This isn't anything added by Maxxus. It must have been included by Apple. This is certainly nothing of use if you have a Mac, especially support for the trackpoint, IBM-keys etc.

MacOS X 10.4.5 is way more compatible with my IBM laptop than Windows XP where I have to install separate network drivers, wireless drivers, monitor drivers, keyboard drivers etc.


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RE: Why?
by mallard on Sun 12th Mar 2006 20:11 in reply to "Why?"
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I believe there is a "standard" for shortcut keys, there is a de-facto mapping for the "spare" keyboard scancodes that shortcut keys often use. Maybe that explains it?

As for wLan, BlueTooth, USB, etc. These are all fairly common components with a fairly small number of common chipsets.

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RE: Why?
by MYOB on Sun 12th Mar 2006 20:16 in reply to "Why?"
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IBM's "special keys" talk direct to the hardware for volume, brightness, wireless antenna control, etc. No OS intervention needed (its the same on a lot of laptops where their main audience isn't the home user, for some odd reason...).

The trackpoint is a PS/2 device - well, it might be USB by now - and as such is completely standard too.

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RE: Why?
by somebody on Sun 12th Mar 2006 20:24 in reply to "Why?"
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Can anyone explain why MacOS X 10.4.5 runs perfectly on my IBM laptop?

Simple fact.
You've got almost the same chipset components as MacBookPro. And since Darwin (hardware up to 2006 in this version) is not Apple specific, Apple alone doesn't take away non-Apple drivers (They are in Darwin already. But you could expect removing like that in future if Apple would start to think that it hurts them in any way).

Windows (where kernel is based on hardware up to 2002) on the other hand supports much wider variety of hardware. And this is why you need to install separate drivers.

It is not that I preffer Windows, I hate them, but at least mini realistic viewpoint is the least that one can show.

Now your IBM laptop was made, when? You bet, MS can't do mumbo-jumbo, jump a few hoops, run few times over the fire and make all drivers for next few years ahead. Apple with their Darwin and new releases every few months can.

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RE: Why?
by Brad on Sun 12th Mar 2006 20:54 in reply to "Why?"
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Because your laptop is nearly identical to a mac on the hardware front. Macs use no special hardware. Really only they motherboards are re-shaped, but the chips on them are the same as PC counterparts. With PPC boxes the chipset was a bit more special, but now they use normal intel chipsets.

Also, remember IBM/Lenovo doesn't make the thinkpad, and Apple doesn't make the macs. 3rd party companies do. In the case of laptops they all go back to a couple companies in asia that make them for everyone. Asus makes most of apples laptops, and one other company does the rest, IBM/Lenovo uses the same companies. Those companies won't change internals much between different brands.

If its anything OSX already supports, or is something that uses a standard protocol that OSX supports, its going to work.

For things like trackpoints, I think they use just the standard mouse interface, so what ever in the hardware identifies it as a mouse, it treats it just the same.

If it was a special add on. Well, then there is hope that the trackpoint may come to macs, which would be great, since finger slidy slush pads suck.

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