Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2006 19:01 UTC
Apple Apple's Boot Camp has stirred things up quite a bit around the net. eWeek states: "CIOs have a lot invested in Windows and aren't going to junk the OS for Apple. However, if a CIO can get a twofer - Windows XP and Mac OS on one machine - a flyer may make some sense." In an analysis, eWeek concludes: "Boot Camp might give businesses and consumers another reason to look at the Mac, analysts and IT managers say." Cnet wonders if all this is good news for MS, while Ars looks at the limitations. Apple also released firmware updates for Intel Macs, which supposedly add BIOS support to EFI so you can just boot an XP (or Linux!) CD without using Boot Camp.
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Exactly...
by Abdullah on Wed 5th Apr 2006 19:50 UTC
Abdullah
Member since:
2005-07-06

That is what I think will happen.

Who will bother to port their apps to OS X now?

Thay might just shrug and say - just install windows...

Ithink this might backfire on Apple.

Anyway... this move really seems to show that Apple is more a hardware company than a software company.

Iwonder what the implications are for the long term future of OS X?

(PS - Remember the high-level departures from the Apple software division recently?)

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RE: Exactly...
by BlackJack75 on Wed 5th Apr 2006 20:04 in reply to "Exactly..."
BlackJack75 Member since:
2005-08-29

Backfire? Have you ever used a mac? Nobody in their right mind wouldn't feel sick to have to boot into windows after using OSX for a few weeks. If I had an intel mac (I wished so) I'd rather have a nice menu hiding me the fact that I run xp to launch my games.

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RE[2]: Exactly...
by segedunum on Wed 5th Apr 2006 20:28 in reply to "RE: Exactly..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Backfire? Have you ever used a mac? Nobody in their right mind wouldn't feel sick to have to boot into windows after using OSX for a few weeks.

That's beside the the point. Many application developers will just shrug and say, "Well, Windows runs on a Mac now. That's our job done".

It will backfire spectacularly, and signals the beginning of the end of OS X. Those selling Macs will be under pressure to install Windows simply because of hard economics (the number of applications for one thing), unless of course Apple brings in some draconian restrictions for resellers which won't work.

I bet you Microsoft can't believe its luck.

Edited 2006-04-05 20:34

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RE[2]: Exactly...
by alcibiades on Wed 5th Apr 2006 20:44 in reply to "RE: Exactly..."
alcibiades Member since:
2005-10-12

"Nobody in their right mind wouldn't feel sick to have to boot into windows after using OSX for a few weeks"

The world doesn't agree. The world has voted with their wallets, the other way. No point arguing are they right or wrong, its over.

What will happen? The world will end up feeling that Windows is not so bad after all...and Apple will end up opening the OS having opened the hardware. And we will all discover that OSX is not the crown jewels, it was the main and leading impediment to selling designer hardware.

I know it doesn't feel this way to mac enthusiasts, but it is like trying to sell a set of designer luggage, where the only airline you could take it on is Air Rwanda. Now all of a sudden you can fly with it on American. Surprise surprise, sales take off.

Yes, I know this is not how it feels, or how you want it to be.

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RE[2]: Exactly...
by dagw on Thu 6th Apr 2006 14:22 in reply to "RE: Exactly..."
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Nobody in their right mind wouldn't feel sick to have to boot into windows after using OSX for a few weeks.

Obviously my mind must be very wrong. I've had an iBook for a couple of years and thus used OSX on a regular basis. I have also worked with OSX on a couple of video editing/compositing projects I've worked on. However both at home and at work I have a Win XP and a Linux (Ubuntu) workstation and I certainly don't feel sick when switching form one OS to the other. They all have things that I think are better compared to the other OS's and they all have things that annoy me compared to the other two OS's. OSX isn't the be all and end all of OS's and it isn't _that_ much better than XP.

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