Mac, Windows, lock in, Linux, freedom, got it?

Posted by salparadise on Apr 23, 2006 12:33 PM EDT
iTWire; By Stan Beer
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The Windows on a Mac story just seems to be one that refuses to go away. It seems that the whole world is going cock-a-hoop and doing back flips over the new-found ability of the Intel Mac to run Windows natively. What few seem to be saying is that it’s a crock.

What you have with Apple’s Boot Camp is the ability to have a dual boot choice between Windows and Mac OSX. Wow! Let’s get this straight. You can choose to boot one operating system, shut down, and reboot the other operating system. So, as some pundits say, when you’re in the office you no longer need both a Mac and a PC. Utter rubbish.

For a start, hands up everyone who knows someone working in an office, who uses both a PC and a Mac. Let’s see, that’s one, two, three, four….not many. OK, those of you that do need to use two different types of computer, how many times do you reckon you could stand powering down your machine, rebooting it, powering down and rebooting it again before you go storming into your boss’s office demanding that you get back your second machine. By the way, why do you need two machines anyway? I thought the Mac could do pretty everything a PC does and more.

So what we have is a situation where, if we so choose, we can have two separate and totally independent proprietary operating systems running on the same computer. However, we can’t have them both running at the same time and they can’t interact with other because they’re isolated in separate universes. The users in each universe are locked into their own system and have to reboot to get into the other system. And we’re supposed to be excited about that?

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