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Today Apple fired a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction. This explosive cannon-ball takes the form of something Apple calls Boot Camp. No, it’s not a resort dedicated to helping problematic Windows users see the true light of conversion, nor is it a fancy ranch offering […]

Boot Camp

Today Apple fired a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction.

This explosive cannon-ball takes the form of something Apple calls Boot Camp. No, it’s not a resort dedicated to helping problematic Windows users see the true light of conversion, nor is it a fancy ranch offering workshops into new Apple technologies.

This is something even more surprising. Something even more daring. Something that changes things.

Boot Camp will let you boot Windows XP onto your Intel-based Mac. Now OK, this was big news a couple of weeks ago. This has already been done, and prize money has been handed over. But this was by a bunch of hackers, and something that was only likely to have been used by the more technologically adventurous amongst us. Boot Camp is officially an Apple product, and Boot Camp will be part of OS X 10.5 (Leopard). Boot Camp is here to stay. (Although perhaps not the name).

Perhaps more importantly, Boot Camp contains a whole flock of drivers and ‘amenities’ that will make your usage of Windows even smoother than that provided by the solution to the contest. Drivers are provided for the following:

  • Graphics
  • Networking
  • Audio
  • AirPort wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • The Eject key (on Apple keyboards)
  • Brightness control for built-in displays

This suggests that Boot Camp has been in development for some time now, probably even pre-dating the contest. Apple does like to keep quiet about these things.

I’ll leave thinking about what this actually means for the future of OS X and Windows to you, but as a departing thought consider how Bill Gates might now start to interpret the following quote from George Orwell:

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face — forever.”

  1. Ummm…. Dupe?

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  2. Why is this “a large cannon squarely in Microsoft’s direction”. Seems that MSFT still sells a full price copy of XP with each mac user that uses Boot Camp. It might hurt sales of Virtual PC but I’ll bet MSFT makes more profit on XP than VPC.

    Seems like the cannon is aimed at Windows hardware makers (Dell, HP, etc) rather than MSFT.

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  3. Yes you’re right, in the short term the Windows hardware makers will probably feel the brunt of the move, but I feel that the real long-term losers will be Microsoft. I think that the more that OS X is exposed to the consumer market, the faster its market-share will grow. By allowing Windows to boot on OS X it removes one of the major hurdles people faced when they consider switching. In fact people don’t even need to switch now, they can have both :-)

    Oh and it’s a dupe because I didn’t see the other posting whist I wrote it. But hey, both postings are pretty much complimentary.

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  4. I think it is a good thing. But it doesnt quite work yet. We tried it out on two machines this afternoon (UK Time) and it doesnt want to ‘play’ nice just yet. It wasn’t happy installing the network drivers so wouldn’t get on our net connection or the servers. On an iMac it didn’t want to install the ATI driver first off and the Mac Driver app gave a fatal error. The installation of the Boot Camp App and the partitioning is a dream though. Just make sure you update your machines firmware first.
    You can read more and see some pictures of the install process at my site http://www.macserendipity.com

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  5. With a slew of “Boot Camps” under investigation for sadistic and in one case lethal practices, shouldn’t Apple reconsider the name…sure us Geeks understand it is about booting Windows in the Mac hardware environment, but in the real world the connotation is militaristic and dark.

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  6. I would like too see a video of this..

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  7. Ok will try and do a video tomorrow (using my phone). What do you want to see the video of? The OS X side or the Windows install?

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  8. hihi, don’t know really :p

    How you install it? And how the dual boot works i guess? :)

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  9. Ok well it is very very simple to install but will try and do some sort of video walkthrough tomorrow.

    Dual boot is very simple… just hold down the alt key while the machine boots and you get a selection screen that allows you to booth either OS X or XP. You can select which start up disk you want , either OS X or XP in OS X.

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  10. This is really the beginning of Dvorak’s prophecy.

    … (putting flame suite on) …

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