Boot Camp

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.”

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