im posting this on a an intel macbook17. heres what ive found using windows on it:
I only started experimenting with windows earlierthis week but reaserched it in a bit of depth before i decided to add it. To be honest even as a life long pc user after a month of using a mac im fnding it hard to get excited about running a slow ugly OS that hogs resources on the macbook, but heres my 2 cents.
Before you even get into installing windows, dont worry about having to install any non universal software like Adobe in windows because despite what you may have heard about non native software, rosetta will make your intel machine handle it FINE, and at relatively professional speeds not domestic. Now…
The machine can handle windows shockingly well. I wouldnt recomend boot camp, It functional but theres still some problems to iron out & if your going to comit to partitioning your hard drive like that it dosent seem fair to have to suffer whats essentially still a beta method of running windows.
The alternative im using is a program called parallels, it runs windows as an aplication within OSX, you dont need to restart your mac, log out of your user or anything, simply run windows within a window itself, or choose to aply it as a full screen & then OSX takes a step back and runs silently in the background. you can still leave all your mac aplications open and have all week been multi tasking & using both OS’s simultaneously. for example its possible and not challenging for your mac to run studio max in windows & adobe software in OSX while dragging files from one system to the other.
Parallels isnt perfect but is too easy to be argued with, to install parallels takes a few meg of disk space, and it takes the seperate OS be it linux or windows and compresses it into 1 file (windows is about 2 gig for me) so your entire OS consists of 3 or 4 files and not thousands, therefore uninstalling windows is as easy as dragging 1 file into the trash folder.
Also yeah leopard is going to encorporate boot camp, the debugged version. but who cares when Windows Vista will support EFI, and Apple has no plans to directly block Windows from working on the new intel macs. So even now 6 months previous to release, were being given a green light for vista on the mac.
but more to the point, dosent anyone whos used OSX also see vista as a slightly weak microsoft attempt to incorporate a more streamlined look & some apple tweaks into the skeleton of a dated OS. almost every new feature of vista from the spotlight search rip to the new navigation feature seems has been running hapily in tiger for over a year. As a package some of the file organisation of vista does look to be more advanced than that of tiger, an operating system thats been available for time now, but thats to be expected, id love to see what apple have developed to retaliate to that.
Anyway compatability between microsoft and apple is a destination were heading towards much quicker now thanks to alot of software companies & the future plans for the OS’s themselves. If your concerned about taking the plunge over to mac, or just over to an intel machine, id say brave it. Im considering it one of the best things ive done this year so far, and glad to have got it out of the way now since it was inevitably going to happen.
sorry about my awfull spelling. and no i dont get commission from apple for this.