Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jan 2006 21:39 UTC
Apple Apple Computer's announcement of new Macs based on processors from Intel raises an interesting question: Since both the Mac and Windows operating systems now run on Intel-based hardware, shouldn't it be easy to run both on the same computer? That simple question deserves a simple answer. But there isn't one - at least not right now. Reaching the nirvana of running the two most popular desktop operating systems on one machine is a lot harder than you might expect.
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Reason is simple
by Peragrin on Fri 20th Jan 2006 22:21 UTC
Peragrin
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2006-01-05

Windows XP isn't easily EFI compatible, and Vista doesn't support OS X's partitioning schemes. or is it Apple choose schemes which MSFt won't support ever.

Even Linux needs a modified Grub to do it.

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RE: Reason is simple
by Drumhellar on Sat 21st Jan 2006 00:21 in reply to "Reason is simple"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Itanium uses EFI. Windows boots on that just fine. I doubt it'd take much to make a future version of Windows for x86 boot.

It's not likely to happen anytime soon, but if Microsoft were to find value in ditching the current PC bios in favor of something more modern, an available platform would give them extra leverage to initiate change.

Of course, that's a big if.

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RE: Reason is simple
by BlackJack75 on Sat 21st Jan 2006 15:15 in reply to "Reason is simple"
BlackJack75 Member since:
2005-08-29

Hm, maybe it's not easy on the same partition, but let's say you have an external HD on firewire or something. I suppose you could easily install linux on this, probably some version of windows too.

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