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It seems our cult of Mac has been turned upside down with the advent of running another OS on a Mac. Yes I know about Yellow Dog and other Nixen and that’s great for specific applications. Some say Windows on a Mac is bad news for […]

It seems our cult of Mac has been turned upside down with the advent of running another OS on a Mac. Yes I know about Yellow Dog and other Nixen and that’s great for specific applications. Some say Windows on a Mac is bad news for Mac OS X, while others defend OS X as superior and anyone deflecting is stupid and weird. It’s hard to belive even more people are happily installing Virtual PC or Parallels right now for the alternative needs.
The reality (or irony, your choice) of all of these camps is no one is wrong. Sometimes you need all a computer can give to the tool being used. Other times, emulating a Pentium 2 processor is fine and dandy. In all cases, Apple, Microsoft, and Parallels are filling a need that hasn’t been filled in 30 years. People want choice, and who are we to deny or scoff at someone for that? Please join me in welcoming all of this, because for once a tech company is saying “Hey, it’s your computer and your experience, and we’re not locking you into some software you might not like”. There are people who don’t like OS X, and those people like Apple hardware. There are people who hate commodity hardware and software, and they choose Macs with OS X. There are even people who hate complicated computers all together. In all case, Apple fills that need, and last I checked they sell hardware for each of these situations. All businesses are about filling a need, giving customers choice, and answering demand. It’s good to see a leader pulling out their best to do that.

  1. I could not agree more :)

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  2. Since the iPod was introduced it seems that everyone (Windows users included) are always eagerly awaiting Apple’s next big announcement. Boot Camp is quite big but it’s not the perfect solution yet. Unless Microsoft jump on the band wagon and support Windows running on a Mac there are gonna be some people out there who don’t know who to turn to for help when somthing goes wrong. Just think about all those OSX users who install Windows to play games or even try to understand the system requirements when buying Windows software. For this to work smoothly we’d need to see all windows products showing system requirements for both Mac and PC.

    Anyway, its great to see that Apple are still the most innovative PC maker on the market and lets hope that it remains that way for a long long time.

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  3. I still haven’t understood why BootCamp is such a big deal for the ‘Apple cult’? Running Windows on Mac hardware would have happened anyway, either with or without Apple’s blessing, because it’s technically possible and because at least someone wants it. You probably *did* notice there was a bounty out for making this happen, right? The only thing Apple did is thwart the small industry of pre-”cracked” Macs (with non-EFI BIOS), such as there is a small industry of pre-cracked Playstations, DVD players, etc.

    Plus it is also a cheap way for Apple to get plenty of beta testers for its suspected future virtualization technologies (or at least one small part of them), so why not?

    Also the opposite will happen (running MacOS on commodity PC hardware), again because it is possible and because at least someone wants it. But I did not see Apple bless that, neither did I see anyone dare post a bounty for that one (but I wonder how Apple’s lawyers would react to such a bounty…). Because that will obviously hurt Apple. And, regardless of what business *should* be, no: it isn’t about choice. Or, rather, it is, but only as long as it doesn’t kill you (i.e., hurt profits).

    But at least Apple seems to have realized that artificial restrictions (and particularly, restrictions of the legal variety) eventually fail to thwart things that are technically possible. Just look at region-free DVD players, DeCSS, Playstation firmware, etc etc. Of course, Apple is not the only one that is realizing this (e.g., George Lucas has been experimenting for many years with digital distribution and projection, which should enable worldwide release of films, and hence solve the “region” problem), but happily Apple is at the forefront in making this realization. Legal means just buy time. So, I’m just wondering what will be up Steve’s sleeve when the time of the inevitable comes (MacOS on any PC).

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  4. “I still haven’t understood why BootCamp is such a big deal for the ‘Apple cult’?”

    It isn’t, but it is a VERY big deal to potential switchers. And to Mac Fans who need just one more little teenie arguement to get their bosses at wokr to allow them the pleasure of having a Mac.

    And I think of Windows as a cult. We mac people have good reasons for loving our machines; Windows cultists are just stubborn or masochistic, as near as I can tell.

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  5. Bootcamp (and Parallels and whatever else happens in the world of virtualization) are great news for Microsoft. They don’t have to RND, develop and support a Virtual PC piece of software, and they get to sell more copies of their OS, which is most likely their flagship software.

    I think we haven’t seen the REAL DEAL yet from Apple.

    No one’s thought of this from THE OTHER WAY AROUND. read more on my blog.

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  6. To be honest random8r, I can’t see Apple developing OSX to run on PCs – Apple puts a huge amount of thought into their product design so OSX running in a boring grey box seems very unlikely. Since Apple are the first to officially allow another operating system top run on their machines they’re in the driving seat, realistically what Apple says and does will have to stick.

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  7. I still think os X is far superior to windows.

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  8. When a ‘need’ arises, one looks for the best ‘tool’ for the job, considering affordability of course. The more tools available, the better the selection? I have a Windows XP Pro PC and an iBook G4 running “Tiger” OS X 10.4.6. I have iTunes on the Windows PC and Microsoft Messenger on the iBook, I run “Firefox” Internet browser by Mozilla on both. Both platforms, not leaving Linux out by any means, have pros and cons, so in agreeing with your comments – why not take advantage of all that’s available? In a given situation, why rule out a perfect solution simply because it’s from the ‘other’ company? Think outside the box, think differently but, more importantly, think for yourself ;)!

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