Can't we ALREADY boot Windows at full speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GFLPraxis, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Something that just struck me.

    People keep talking about:
    A) Booting Windows XP on an Intel Mac
    B) Getting an Intel Mac version of Windows XP
    C) Getting VMWare running on OS X

    Well, Linux with an EFI-capable bootloader can run VMWare. I believe a Knoppix for Intel Macs has already been released (Knoppix is a bootable version of Linux that can be run off a CD, no installation necessary), and VMWare can be run from that at full speed.

    These guys already did it. Doesn't sound overly complicated.

    Why isn't anyone using it? Has anyone on this board tried it? Sounds interesting.
  2. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    I guess you're mainly talking about the contest to get XP on an Intel Mac. The contest doesn't want virtualization or any other complicated installing to use Windows.. the contest has strict rules.

    They want an Intel Mac to boot up with a list of OSes (XP and OS X) and ask you which one to boot into. Then it just boots. The contest is about simplicity .. VMWare and Knoppix will work for some, but others are willing to pay for the simplicity.
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    The trouble with that particular combination is that you get the overhead of virtual machine software without the benefits, unless you want to deal with the whole hacked OS X thing.

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