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Apple preparing for \"full assault\" on MS?

updated 04:20 pm EST, Wed November 9, 2005

Apple assault on MS?

Apple may be gearing up for a " other operating systems from being installed on future MacTels. However, this patent suggests Apple will actually offer some mechanism through which users can manage and run multiple operating systems: "the patent describes a process whereby users would be able to load one of three operating systems as their primary OS and then load a secondary operating system as their secondary OS. In the patent application, titled, System and method for creating tamper-resistant code, they describe the process as thus: (22) The method of claim 20, wherein the first operating system is selected from the set consisting of Mac OS X, Linux, and Microsoft Windows. (23) The method of claim 20, wherein the second operating system is selected from the set consisting of Mac OS X, Linux, and Microsoft Windows."




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  1. Ashari

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wrong Company

    This is most definitely an assault on cheapo-bandito PC vendors, like Dell and HP, definitely not Microsoft, as the OS will need to be licensed even to run it on Apple hardware.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What?

    Primary and secondary OS's? Wow, what a concept! I can't believe Linux and Windows users never came up with that idea before! What? You say its been possible for decades? Then why exactly is it patentable or even mentioned?

    Oh, and did it occur to anyone that the reason Apple is doing the dual-boot thing, as well as the whole Intel move as well, is just so current users can run windows on their macs and allow them to use all those windows software that don't have mac equivalents, rather than just losing them to windows completely?

    Oh, right, that can't be it.

  1. swatson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm Looking Forward

    to Windows. Okay so that may be overstating it a little, but seriously. I have a Mac and my wife a PC. She really loves iphoto and stuff on my mac but has a single app from work that can only be run on a windows machine. It is a pretty important application, but she would love to switch. This would be the solution. If Apple is a hardware company (which it is) this is a good way to sell more computers.

  1. kentuckyfried

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ^ what he said

    Job easily recognizes that a major reason as to why people aren't jumping onto the mac platform is that the release of games is very limited on Macs.

    Not only that, but he probably also recognizes that there's all these BS PC-only apps (like Oracle stuff my friend has to run at work) that are necessary, and lots of people find it a hassle to run it under emulation. There's also plenty of people out there who can't run some of those PC-only apps under emulation (I know at least one law student who had to buy a PC laptop just for the purpose of running software for examinations).

    Home computer sales are still driven by (a)web-surfing (b) games and (c) p*** (hahaha). So if Apple can bring games to a platform that already has a great OS, it's hard to lose. =)

    I'm looking forward to it, I just hope the intel switch doesn't end up being a nightmare for the company.

  1. olePigeon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Think Classic...

    I think what this is describing is running a Virtual Machine built into OS X. Think of the Classic enviornment, but for Windows. Or you could think of it as an official Apple implementation of WINE.

  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: What?

    "Primary and secondary OS's? Wow, what a concept! I can't believe Linux and Windows users never came up with that idea before! What? You say its been possible for decades?"

    oh wow let's point at mac users and laugh for being so late to the party... uh except they're not. mac/linux dual boots have existed for a long time. oh and if you want to get pissy about dual boots, windows/linux hybrids are awfully late to that party.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: What?

    You can dual boot osX, Linux and Windblows for over a decade?, good for you but i can't. :p

    Maybe we can run the 3 systems together and switch with a shortcut, this is no doubt a major selling point. Apple is btw not going to pre-install Windows, a user has to do that and he can use any old Windows. This makes the Macintels perfect machines to step up to a next generation OS. :D

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Virus 'n stuff

    I do hope that every OS has his own part of the HD so that a virus on Windows can't f** up the osX part.

  1. martyg

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Windows Cure???

    Is it possible that a 'virtual machine' means that the PC is erased each time it is used ... eliminating all vireuses and spyware??? Not only would the new MacIntels be able to run MacOS X but they may also cure windows weaknesses AND be powerful to run Vista ... most current PCs aren't so they will need replacing (with a MacIntel) when Vista finally ships! Is this why Mrsofty has announced Vista won't support Intel multi-core technology??? Time will tell!

  1. Andrew

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Double Edged Sword

    The potential problem us Mac users face is some vendors may say something like, "well, now that you can run MS WIN easily we're stopping development on our Mac version; you can just run it within MS WIN on your Mac box."

    Then we'll be stuck using that bogus OS. There's only one program it would be nice for me to run that I can't since the vendor has their head up their butt; they wrote it in BASIC but didn't choose a multi-OS BASIC and their web site sucks because it relies on Active-X.

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