Of Boot Camp and X11 and Public Betas

by Chuck Toporek

Why's everyone so surprised about Boot Camp?


Kody Bryson
2006-04-05 19:26:56
It sounds like you're suggesting that they were working on this for Leopard and then decided (after the $14,000 contest?) to release this as a beta for Tiger. However, trust me, big operating system level software projects in the middle of development for one unreleased OS don't just get released to beta for another already released OS on a whim. (And yes, I would know exactly what that might entail.) I'm sure they were planning this for quite some time. Even if they could develop it that fast, this type of thing requires months of testing before it's ready for Beta. Beta doesn't mean they can even afford a small risk of accidentally destroying the data on your hard drive.

They may have decided to release it a bit earlier than originally planned as a beta people are so excited about the idea, but the delivery to Tiger has surely been in the plans for a while.

Rainy Day
2006-04-05 19:59:25
Darwine would be even better than VMware and the like. No Windoze needed.

But better still would be Dharma.

2006-04-05 20:50:07
Hey, Rainy, how about some links?
2006-04-05 23:07:29
The way I see it Boot Camp is nothing more than an application that burns a disk image to CD-R and has the ability to repartition a drive without deleting existing data. I think they started to develop the application after word got around that someone made $14,000 on a dirty hack. Live-partitioning might be a feature of Disk Utility 10.6 or 11.0 and that's the beta part about Boot Camp.
Chris Adamson
2006-04-06 06:08:29
You know what none of us geeks are saying about Boot Camp, but should? Apple stock went up about 10% yesterday (up 6.04 to 67.21) on the news of Boot Camp. It would be interesting to know how many millions of dollars of market value this announcement amounted to.

Talk about turning lemons into lemonade -- one of the dings against Apple during the recent sell-off is concern about the Intel transition. Boot Camp suddenly turns that thinking on its head, making Wall Street see the Intel conversion not as a risk but an opportunity.

Stewart Midwinter
2006-04-19 18:19:43
Chuck, you mentioned in the recent "Distributing the Future" podcast story on BootCamp that people that buy a Mac strictly to run Windows on it are going to face severe limitations because they will only be able to have FAT partitions of 32 GB or less (otherwise they'll have to format as NTFS, which is read-only). This is not exactly right.

Yes, you have that limitation if you use Windows to format your partition. Because MS wants to push NTFS, they crippled their OS to not allow large FAT partitions.

But, there is a way around this. Simply pick up any Linux distribution and start up the installation CD. Format the drive using the Linux partitioning tools and your drives can be as large as you want! I recently purchased a 200 GB USB drive that I wanted to use with workstations running WinXP, Linux or OS X. I used a Mandriva installation CD to create 3 60GB partitions and a 20 GB, and now I can happily write to the drive no matter what PC it's connected to.