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March 17, 2006
XP on iMac
It's offical, at least according to OnMac.net: a way to get Windows XP running on an Intel-based Mac. It ain't exactly elegant, which begs the question of whether Apple should change its philosophy and do something to help people such as Arik who need or want to run Windows on their Mac. If done well, it could turn the IntelMac into the ultimate switching machine--enabling those folks who are less than thrilled with Windows to experience the Mac as well, and be able to shift allegiances over time if they so chose.
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If one can just boot to Windows on a Mac, then what incentive is there for developers to port their Windows software, eg. games, to Macs? Isn't this a similar situation to what happened to OS/2 and isn't this still a current problem with Linux?
Posted by: Ed Straker at March 17, 2006 02:33 PM
"If one can just boot to Windows on a Mac, then what incentive is there for developers to port their Windows software, eg. games, to Macs?"
That would only be a concern if Apple provided Windows support out-of-the-box. There is no issue if Windows support requires the end user to buy and install Windows of his or her Intel-based Mac.
Posted by: deasys at March 18, 2006 07:23 PM