April 5, 2006
Mac fans sign up for Boot Camp
Written by Daniel Terdiman
That could explain the Macintosh community’s surprisingly upbeat reaction to Apple Computer’s announcement of software enabling the running of Windows on Macs.
Normally, of course, Mac addicts are as likely to sneer at anything having to do with Microsoft’s operating system as they are to breathe.
But on Wednesday, when Apple announced Boot Camp–software currently in beta that will make it possible to run Windows XP on Intel-based Macs and will be incorporated in the next major upgrade to Mac OS X–the Mac community went against type, filling Mac forums with optimistic praise for the new software.
“As a Macintosh user for more than two decades, (I find) the announcement about Boot Camp…reassuring,” Ishan Bhattacharya, a doctor in Timonium, Md., told CNET News.com. “I do not like the Windows (graphical user interface), but there are applications available on that platform I would like to use at home without (having) to buy a dull beige box. Now I can do that, and so (I) have ordered an (Intel-based) iMac.”
Others who already have Intel-based Macs want to wait no longer, particularly because they think that by bringing Windows video drivers to their Macs, they will be able to run graphics-intensive, Windows-only games on them.