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Next IBM-Apple chip to run multiple OSes

updated 08:30 am EST, Wed December 22, 2004

Next IBM-Apple chip

IBM says it will add new technology to run multiple operating systems simultaneously to the . CNET News.com reports that the next version of IBM's PowerPC 970 processor, due next year and currently in the final stages of its design cycle, uses 'partitioning' technology that "relies on a concept called virtualization that breaks the hard link between an operating system and the underlying hardware." The technology is currently only available in IBM's higher-end Power4 and Power5 processors as well as in competing server designs from Sun, HP and Intel, but IBM confirmed that Apple has plans to incorporate the chip into its forthcoming servers. "Servers using Power4 and Power5 chips require additional hardware called a management console to manage partitions, Freund said. With the next-generation PowerPC 970, IBM plans to run that hardware management console instead as software in a separate partition, he said."




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  1. macimmortal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HOLY *#@(!

    Wow....just....wow.

  1. Feeling_Macish

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no more Virtual PC

    Except now there will be a new utility market: "in-between ware" or perhaps "under ware" - that niche offering virus protection _inside_ your computer between the Windows OS and other OSes ("fence-ware"?) ..."good fences make good neighbors"... etc. Hopefully the developers of this technology will anticipate this and possibly design a system wherein certain ports of the computer can be selectively blocked _per OS_.

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's about time!

    Way to go IBM! This technology totally rocks. FINALLY you'll be able to choose your OS and you won't be limited to the hardware you bought. No more excuses as to why you can't buy a mac, since you'll be able to duel-boot directly into windows.

    It could get interesting when other companies adopt this technology. (It's probably copywrited, but if IBM can do it surely other makers can as well.) Apple will be hard pressed to finally bring down their prices when they have to compete with other PC makers head on. (Who is going to buy macs when they figure out they can duel-boot into OS X on their existing computer?)

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Now all we need

    is the technology that lets you run any program you want on any OS you want! :-)

  1. vickys-box

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Fallout?

    Is this some side effect of the work on the X-Box 2 Development Kit?

  1. Faizon318

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not so good ?

    this will kill apple ?? they are not good at winning in this kinda market place .. could someone explain how this is good for apple ?? I know its good for users but not for the company

  1. Visnaut

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wrong Assumptions

    Don't get ahead of yourself assuming that this processor will automagically let anyone and everyone install Windows on their mac. This is still a PowerPC processor, and such, cannot run x86 code natively. Microsoft would have to create a special version of Windows, made and compiled for the processor, and so would every other Windows app.

    Furthermore, read closely as it says Apple wants to use this chip in their SERVERS. I imagine Apple wants to beef up their server features, not give you a choice of OSes.

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Agree with Visnnaut

    Servers is where this is heading. And it may not be for running "other" operating systems. Microsoft bought out Virtual PC because they wanted a virtualization technology for their servers. There is quite a bit of interest in IT circles with being able to run many instances of an operating system on the same piece of hardware. I don't recall what advantages there are in this but it is a keen subject.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    M$ is the scared one

    When the PPC platform came out (Common Hardware Reference Platform IIRC) it was touted as being able to handle multiple OSes (although not simultaneously). M$ actually had a version of NT that ran on it (and a version of NT that ran on the DEC Alpha) but they chickened out and never offered it to the public. Indeed, the new XBox OS (the one running on G5s) has the tuned up version of the old PPC NT kernel. Of course, when people get a choice of OS on their hardware, M$ loses customers, like it now is to Linux.

  1. buzzedchiguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Prob. not Windows

    I echo jscotta's and Visnnaut's responses. There are MANY OSes out there, we can't so quickly assume that Windows will be one of the OSes the new chip can handle.

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