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Apple Boot Camp

Apple just announced BootCamp, which lets you dual boot Microsoft Windows XP.

What it actually does is burn an installation CD with special drivers. The software also moves your Mac OS X install to make room for Windows

The instructions sound a little scary:


Next, insert your Windows installation disc, restart and follow the Windows installation process. The only tricky part is selecting the C: drive manually. Be sure to get this right, or you could erase your Mac files accidentally. Remember, Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.

Just in case you've been living in a cave the past twenty years, Apple also warns:


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.

Pay attention to the requirements: you need Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Pro. No multi-cd, upgrades, or pre SP2 versions. They are very specific:


You must use a single-disc, full-install Windows XP CD that includes Service Pack 2. You cannot use an upgrade version of Windows XP, or install an earlier version of Windows XP and update it later to SP2.

You should also note the license. Apparently Apple wants you to upgrade and plans to cut you off when their next version comes out:


3. Term of License. The term of this License shall commence upon your installation or use of the Apple Software and will terminate automatically without notice from Apple upon the next commercial release of the Apple Software, or September 30, 2007, whichever occurs first. Your rights under this License will also terminate automatically without notice from Apple if you fail to comply with any term(s) of this License. Upon the termination of this License, you shall cease all use of the Apple Software and destroy all copies, full or partial, of the Apple Software.

I hope this doesn't mean no virtualization. Dual boot is "OK", but it's a pain in the neck. I seldom need Windows, and when I do, it's only for a moment or two. Even though the Intel Macs boot very quickly, I'd rather not reboot.



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Wed Apr 5 22:19:06 2006: 1866   drag


Well to me this looks fairly promising as far as a Apple running Windows in a VM.

Even though the VT/Pacifica extensions in the up and coming Intel/AMD proccessors allow you to get fast virtulization with no modifications in Xen you would still need special drivers to allow access to machine resources such as network and disk space.

Plus you would have to control how the Windows bootloader gets installed.

So this sounds exactly like the sort of installer you would need to get Windows (or any other cd-based install) to make it easy for the end user to get it installed in a prepared VM environment.

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