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Apple pulls Boot Camp download ahead of Leopard

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Mon October 22, 2007

Boot Camp beta gone

After warning users that its beta Boot Camp software for running Windows on an Intel-based Mac will expire at the end of October, Apple has pulled the Boot Camp beta download from its Web site. The company says that the license to use Boot Camp Beta 1.2 or earlier expires on September 30, 2007 and that the Boot Camp Assistant Beta will no longer open after expiration. Some versions of the beta software have already expired and the latest version will expire when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard ships in October.

Apple says that users can continue using Boot Camp Beta by upgrading to Boot Camp Beta 1.4, but warns that that "the license to use Boot Camp Beta expires when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is available to the public. To continue using Boot Camp at that time, upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard."

The BootCamp beta download is still available from Apple's Website.




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  1. Pennywigeon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    OMGZ!

    *gasp*

    And this is news? Everyone knew it was coming.......

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Huh?

    "Apple pulls Boot Camp download..."

    "The BootCamp beta download is still available from Apple's Website."

    Sounds like it wasn't pulled to me.

  1. jasonsRX7

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Well

    On the one hand, I kind of need Boot Camp, but on the other hand, I don't want to upgrade to Leopard until there is a way to disable Stacks and implement the current 'right-click-a-folder-in-the-dock' functionality.

  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    yeah tahts weird

    What a crazy story, its both true and untrue at the same time. I wish the world worked like that.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    two things

    OMGZ! *gasp*

    And this is news? Everyone knew it was coming.......


    It's "news" because it is a new event/occurrence. Just because you knew it was going to happen at some point does not mean it isn't news.

    "Apple pulls Boot Camp download..."

    "The BootCamp beta download is still available from Apple's Website."

    Sounds like it wasn't pulled to me.



    The web page was pulled, so if you're looking for the software on Apple's site, you probably won't find it. But like so many web sites, the underlying files are still there, so if you happened to know what the exact URL is, you can still get your hands on the file.

    I, however, wonder how Apple prevents BootCamp beta from working after Leopard is released. Or are they just claiming you're no longer supposed to use it, because the license expires.

    And I wonder if the same will hold true for Safari 3?

  1. aafuss

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Partitions still work

    Even though the Boot Camp assistant has expired, I could still access my Boot Camp partition and run LiveCD's.

  1. ShALLaX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Expiration...

    The best they could have done is put a timer in the Boot Camp assistant that does not let the software open after a given date. "Boot Camp" is a fairly big scam, it is entirely unneeded, you can repartition the hard drive yourself with other tools and just install Windows and find the drivers yourself. I bought two Mac Minis and the first thing I did was install Linux and Windows on them (one is a server, one is a media center). I didn't need Boot Camp at all, it's just a shiny interface for resizing partitions.

    Incidentally, I submitted this news a few days ago (along with the URL) and MacNN has only just posted it now!

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