Intel brings virtualization to desktop chips

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    Just think, a Quad G5 running OS X and Windows. That would make my life a lot easier. I'm looking forward to where this might lead.
  3. ksz macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    My sentiments exactly. This could usher in new and flexible ways of using personal computers and taking advantage of additional cores on leading edge CPUs. It's nice to see more and more server-level functionality trickling down to the consumer desktop.
  4. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I'll gladly take advantage of the flexibility of running Windows at good speed on my next (Intel) Mac. And dual-boot is a pain--I want to run ALL my apps at ONCE, and share data, not "either or."

    I'll do it IF both of the following:

    1. There are any Windows-only apps make it worth the expense of buying a copy of Windows. (I'm interested in game editing/modding, so maybe so.)

    2. Windows runs on "virtual" hardware--the whole machine, like VPC, not just a CPU thing--and does NOT directly see the hard disk! I want to KNOW--not assume--that some Windows virus cannot POSSIBLY erase my hard disk. Which would destroy the Mac partition too: my Mac stuff isn't safe just because Windows doesn't read HFS. Unless, that is, Windows can't see the physical HD at all. I want a virtual hardfile that Windows thinks--at the lowest level--is ALL there is. Just like I have with VPC, only faster. (I'd even accept a small performance penalty for this security, and I'd accept having to buy something like a new VPC to achieve this.)

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