OS X Leopard to boot XP, Tiger gets Boot Camp

Apple just released a beta tool, Boot Camp, that lets their users dual boot Windows XP from their newer, Intel-based hardware.  I consider this good news since Apple's hardware is rather attractive (as in sexy) but I really am not that fond of OS X.  Apple wrote drivers to support their hardware under XP and the only caveat is that you can't run all flavors of Windows -- no Media Center Edition 2005 on that flashy iMac just yet.  I see this as one step closer to Apple selling hardware that comes with XP.  Then again, I think it'd be a cold day in hell if that were to happen.  The underhanded stabs at Windows in the right gutter of the web page kinda emphasize this:


Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries.

Word to the Wise

Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.

Then again, I still say one step closer to Apple selling hardware with Windows XP!  I can see it now, the wMac.


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