PermaLink Apple isn't going to the dark side04/06/2006 03:22 PM

Sure, you can run Windows on Apple hardware.  Why the hell would you want to?
One of the major non-surprises this week was the announcement of a public beta of a tool from Apple called BootCamp, a means by which you can install and run Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac Mini, iMac or MacBook Pro.  Since the release of the Intel-based machines a few weeks ago, various MacHack websites have been pursuing the goal of installing and running Windows on these newest "Intel" platforms.  Several have succeeded, as is evidenced by screen shots I've seen all over the place.

OK, folks... calm down.

Read the Apple website a bit more, and you find out that no, this is not a best-of-both-worlds situation, where you'd ideally have the universality of Windows coupled with the smoothness and security of the Mac.

Just a few of the sidebar notes tells you what time it is:

Word to the Wise

Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world. So be sure to keep it updated with the latest Microsoft Windows security fixes.



Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS. But with Boot Camp, the Mac can operate smoothly in both centuries.

In other words, if you run that piece of shit from Redmond on an elegant piece of gear like the MacBook Pro, it will still be... a piece of shit.  And Apple disavows any support for Windows itself, saying basically, we don't sell it, we don't support it, BYOD and don't call us when it eats your brain.  And rightly, they should.  Sure, they've built a great, high-performing piece of hardware on a chipset that has been dawdling for some time in the Wintel world -- rumor has it the MacBook Pros are the fastest Windows-based laptops on earth -- but they've also optimized it for a stable, secure, foolishness-free operating system that's based in open-source Darwin.

Why, exactly, would you want to run Windows on it?

"I need to use Microsoft Office."

My ass.  You confuse "need" and "want."  Do you really use Office, or do you "use" the bare minimum of Word, Excel and PowerPoint's abilities?  Do you "need" 90% of the pseudo-features these things offer?  No, you don't.   Sure, you may "need" to open and view, and maybe edit, documents created by others in these formats, but OpenOffice and even AppleWorks handle these just fine, and yes, there's a version of Office for Mac OS X, too.

"Windows is our corporate standard."

Then your corporate standard is fucked up and was created by chipmunks.  The "standard" should be, "professionals should have the tools available to them that maximize their productivity and security and minimize downtime and learning curves."  That, friends, has never described Windows.  Still, if you must run Windows, at least dual-boot the thing so that you can claim you have Windows on the system, but can live peacefully and productively on the Mac side.  And your company will be $200 poorer, since you have to go buy the OS and it's always been more expensive than Mac OS X.

"Our network guys won't support Macs."

Why would they need to?  All they need is to stay the hell out of your way.  Macs are actually very good network citizens, and adapt to wireless better than Wintel laptops ever did.  And if you put Windows on a Mac, aren't they really... supporting Macs?  Network guys are hardware guys at heart.  I know... I was one.

"I am stupid and unimaginative, and my VCR is flashing 12:00."

OK, this one makes sense.  I'll give that one to you.

"There's no Mac Designer client for Notes."

Ummm... wait a while.  And send Maureen Leland some really nice toys for her dogs.  Eclipse is coming.

Macs just work better.  Work them at their best.  Leave Windows out of your life, and life will be better.

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