While everyone is discussing the pros and cons of Apple switching to Intel processors, I had an interesting thought this morning: Now that OSX will be on x86, I wonder how well it will perform under Virtual PC (provided there isn’t some bios lock on it). Sure, I’ve been using Pear PC for awhile now, but running under VPC would just be sweet.

I’m thinking that I’ll end up going with a Apple x86 Powerbook when it’s available thought – this would enable me to dual-boot between both OSX and Longhorn on a single laptop. Also check out Twin Mac for all your dual-boot needs. :)


    Bryce (June 13, 2005 @ 4:29 am)

    Funny, I want to get an x86 Powerbook and have Windows running under Virtual PC / VMware. Those will probably be the best-selling apps during the first few months that x86 Macs are available…

    Steve (June 13, 2005 @ 6:07 am)

    I thought about that.. but, out of all the Mac software out there, I’d imagine that VPC for Mac is going to have a hardtime porting to x86. Without knowing much of the ‘magic’ of VM’s, I’d think it would be a pretty major rewrite rather than the flip of a compiler switch.

    Bryce (June 13, 2005 @ 6:40 am)

    I’d expect the bulk of the porting to come from VPC/Win. VMware is already multi-platform so their task ought to be somewhat easier.

    Dual booting is so… 1995.

    Beau (June 14, 2005 @ 12:45 pm)

    Apple to restrict OSX to Apple hardware only: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2137787/security-chip-block-non-macs

    Steve (June 14, 2005 @ 7:10 pm)

    I wonder how many hours before it’s circumvented.

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