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Next Pentium chips may help run Windows on Macs

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu June 16, 2005

Windows on Macs

Whether or not users will be able to .




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  1. Ighal

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    First post? well...

    C'mon guys, it is OBVIOUS that Windows will be able to run on Intel-Macs and OS X on regular PC's. I can bet a lot of money right now that at least 6 month after the IntelMac release both things are going to be possible with or without software or hardware help. (a dongle, a dongle dumper or a hack or a crack).

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    this trojan horse...

    ...may lure pc users to the light side...

  1. ronjamin

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    What About Disk Format?

    Some may not know that Win2000 & XP generally like to run using a Windows format called NTFS formatting and sometimes an older format called FAT-32.

    What are the implications of running WinXP on a Mac then?

    I would expect that Win would run in a disk partition, or on a disk image formatted for NTFS.

  1. Kazrog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WINE

    All they need to do is port WINE to OS X and we can run Windows apps inside OS X at full speed. It's going to rock!!!

  1. Voch

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    Well...

    I'm looking forward to the possibility of a, say, Virtual PC 8.0, running on an Intel-based Mac. I just hope it doesn't kill the Mac gaming industry ("why make an Intel Mac game when they can just run Windows?").

  1. resuna

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    OS X supports FAT32

    You can already read and write a shared FAT32 drive from OSX.

  1. climacs

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    the end of X vs. Win?

    so would this spell the end of OS X vs. Windows? replaced by OS X, or Windows, or both?

    one could have both on the same machine, you don't need to swap out hardware and get mac versions of your favorite applications and games

    that would inevitably help Apple at Microsoft's expense...

  1. Cf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    just curious

    nobody has mentioned anything about the possibility of increased viruses/spyware on the mac thanks to this venture in any of the articles or responses i have read so far.

  1. resuna

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    Which possibility?

    "nobody has mentioned anything about the possibility of increased viruses/spyware on the mac thanks to this venture in any of the articles or responses i have read so far."

    If you are running Windows, you are susceptible to weaknesses in Windows that increase your exposure to infection. The fact that you're also running Mac OS X doesn't reduce this risk.

  1. Rainy Day

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    DarWINE; no Malware

    No malware for MacOS X; only Windoze. It's not the processor (nor marketshare), but the poor engineering work of M$ which is responsible for malware vulnerabilities. Windoze app's running under Virtual PC on a Mac are vulnerable too. But MacOS X Intel apps will be as robust as they are now on a PPC.

    Regarding WINE, there's already the DarWINE project:

    http://darwine.opendarwin.org/

    Their home page has this to say about the MacIntel: "It means that Wine will be able to work on Mac OS X/x86 as well [as] it does on linux, with a limited effort. You might notice that there is already some code to support Mac OS X/x86 in the Wine's source code, but it is untested."

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