Apple Releases Boot Camp Beta

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    Apple(R) today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac(R), and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS(R) X or Windows XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in "Leopard," Apple's next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August.

    "Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple's superior hardware now that we use Intel processors," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch."

    Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-step assistant application to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD. After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.

    Pricing & Availability

    The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download at www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp, and is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time. The final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 "Leopard." Apple does not provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows software. Apple welcomes user feedback on Boot Camp at bootcamp@apple.com.

    System Requirements

    Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version of Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.

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    Michael Dell is pooping his pants.

    Right now.
     
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    hahahah all those people searching forever for a way to install windows and all those countless hours gone to waste by Apple doing it themselves
     
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    ..... and so it begins. I don't think its a bad idea, I guess only time will tell if it is good :confused:
     
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    It's quite a change of tune from 'We won't stop anyone putting Windows on their Intel Macs' to 'We'll help people do it'

    Interesting since it makes it more possible for non-geeks and may help the switcher market decide it's worthwhile. I notice that it still requires the XP disc so they're not actually selling Windows - which would I suspect be taken negatively by the press.
     
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    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit™.
     
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    Whoa

    Is this for real? Has anyone tried it yet?

    I think the "pooping his pants" comment about Michael Dell is just about right.

    I want an intel mac now just to try it!

    -alywa
     
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    No one has had time to try it, but it's real alright.
     
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    I wonder what effect this'll have on the virtualisation companies. I'd personally prefer to have Windows inset into OSX rather than a dual booting situation, but that's just me.
     
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    I just think this is great that no more bootloader is needed....poor poor onmac.net All that hard work gone to waste
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    So much for their video driver contest, eh? :p

    Think Apple will get the $1500? haha
     
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    Apple Releases Boot Camp Beta

    Has anyone used it for gaming yet?
     
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    It says it has graphics drivers included! Games anyone? :eek:
     
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    has anyone tried it yet? how are the graphics drivers?
     
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    Darn, post #7, iGary. When I saw the thread title, I bet on post #5 in my office pool. :D :D

    I do think it's a bit funny that people spent so much time trying to get it to work. Will those dudes have to give back the $13,000 now?

    I like the snide comments on the Apple site, by the way.

     
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    I can see one of the Apple developers claiming :rolleyes:

    I agree with mad jew I love Macs and that's all i want to use, but having Window's at a click for the small amount of things I require of it would be great.

    Just thinking, solitaire anyone ;)

    Edit: the people who spent time getting Window's on Mac, was not a waste of time, rather Apple learnt something of the demand. Either way, Apple is virtually throwing bucks at Microsoft.

    Edit 2: What would this mean for software? I can see Microsoft saying if you want Word, install Windows on your Mac :rolleyes:
     
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    I can't find any mention of a fan/temperature driver. I'm sure Apple would have thought of it though.
     
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    I was thinking more Rome: Total War and Half-Life 2 anyone ;)
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    No driver necessary, it's in the firmware.
     
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    Yeah, good point, but aren't the current Intel Macs having issues with overheating because of the lack of fan support?
     
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    Hey, I could finally use Origin and MathCad.

    (at least until OriginLabs gets off its ass and makes an OS X native version :))
     
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    Chaszmyr

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    I've heard a couple of reports about people booting Windows and having heat issues with OnMac.net's solution, but it was verified that they do have fan control nonetheless.
     
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    Service Pack 2 only........ :( What can you do if your PC came with XP SP1 on a CD? Nothing I guess?
     
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    Yeah. I'd assume Apple would have thought of something fundamental like this anyway. I've really gotta get one of those Intel iBooks now.



    Well, it'd be illegal to use the copy bundled with your PC. Aside from that, Apple implies anything other than a regular retail version of Windows won't work anyway. :)
     
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    I know that there was one report of a dead Macbook, but that machine also had RAM recovered from a Mac that had been stabbed to death. MBPs seem to be overheating all by themselves, even without Windows, so I tend to chalk that problem up to the hardware.

    There are some gotchas, at least in the beta. Not all hardware is supported.
     

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