WinInfo Daily Update, April 5, 2006: Apple Takes Windows XP to Boot Camp

Apple Takes Windows XP to Boot Camp

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In the News

- Apple Takes Windows XP to Boot Camp

- Negroponte Talks $100 Laptop, Disses Gates

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Apple Takes Windows XP to Boot Camp

In a move that was widely anticipated, Apple Computer today announced the beta version of a new software application called Boot Camp, which allows Intel-based Macintosh computers to dual boot between Mac OS X and Windows XP. The software is free and will be included in the next major version of Mac OS X, currently code-named Leopard.

"Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple's superior hardware now that we use Intel processors," said Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller. "We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch."

That's for sure: Apple fanatics were so excited at the possibility of running Windows on the Intel-based Macs that a fan Web site raised over $16,000 as part of a contest to see who could make it work. Now, with Apple officially helping users to dual boot between Windows and Mac OS X, the company hopes that will jump-start Mac sales.

The Boot Camp software provides a simple wizard-like application that creates a second partition on the Mac hard drive and then installs XP there. The software also comes with all of the necessary XP drivers and sets up a dual-boot menu. For more information, check out the Apple Web site.

Negroponte Talks $100 Laptop, Disses Gates

During his keynote address on the first day of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Boston, MIT Media Laboratory founder Nicholas Negroponte promoted his $100 laptop, which will help consumers in emerging markets get access to digital technology and the Internet. It will ship in 2007. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has publicly criticized the laptop project, dubbed One Laptop Per Child. Negroponte says the reason for the criticism is simple: The laptop will run a stripped-down version of Linux, not Microsoft Windows.

"Bill Gates the philanthropist and Bill Gates the businessman are in conflict," Negroponte said Monday. "I think we need to collaborate and not go to war." Indeed, Negroponte says he did approach Microsoft about using Windows for the laptop project. But the software giant wouldn't agree to give away Windows. (Nor, for that matter, did Apple agree to give its Mac OS X system.) So Negroponte turned to Linux.

That Gates is a world-renowned philanthropist isn't lost on Negroponte, but as he said yesterday, that's actually part of the problem. He says that Gates is regarded with "god-like respect" in the emerging markets that are the target of the $100 laptop. Thus, his hollow complaints are all the more damaging to the success of Negroponte's project.

Furthermore, Negroponte says that Microsoft and One Laptop Per Child have, in fact, recently agreed to create a second version of the $100 laptop that will use Windows Starter Edition. "So why criticize me in public?" Negroponte asks.

Negroponte used his keynote address to reveal more details about the laptop, which he says will be ready in prototype form later this year. The system will feature an inexpensive but powerful microprocessor that uses only 2 watts of electricity, compared to about 40 watts for a typical notebook today. A user can plug the laptop into a standard electrical outlet or power it with a hand crank or foot pedal. The machine will also feature Wi-Fi wireless networking and a screen that works in daylight (with a black-and-white display) or darkness (with backlighting and a limited color range).

Negroponte says initial versions of the laptop will cost about $135 in early 2007. However, the price should drop to $100 by 2008 and $50 by 2010.

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