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Second thoughts on Boot Camp
Fri Apr 07 2006, 23:31
I'D LIKE to say a big thank you to all of those of you who wrote in with praise for my recent analysis of Apple's Boot Camp and its prospects for changing the business computing landscape.

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I'd like to, but very virtually none of the dozens of you who filled my virtual postbag thought there was anything at all to praise.

Some of your responses reminded me that zealots tend not to have too much of a sense of humour but I guess we knew that anyway.

Some of you got mixed up between the business audience and the consumer but we'll let that pass.

Others noted that dual-boot Mac was nothing new and that having support to back up the XP capability was irrelevant. I was writing for the other 99 per cent of you though.

Some of you, albeit a minority, thought the article funny, for which many thanks.

Others noted that another contributor to these pages had suggested Boot Camp was an impossible project. But I'm not him.

Some of you wrote interesting, thoughtful pieces that were more than my knockabout copy probably deserved.

One email suggested that I visit home more often - but that was my mother writing.

The best responses to my mind suggested that a triple-boot with Linux support will be the next killer move from Apple. Great, great point but still something that is largely irrelevant in B2B.

When all is said and done I still struggle to believe that an unsupported Windows on a Mac box, even an Intel one, will quell the nervous hearts of risk-averse - what other kind are there? -- corporate Twintel buyers.

But I could be wrong. That's why I'm going to take the Pepsi test and run a Mac for a month starting from 1 May and let you know how I get on at the end of it.

Who knows, it may be the start of something beautiful. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to grow an unusual beard, attend an aromatherapy class and find a fashionable paperback book to display pepping out from my jacket pocket. After all, I don't want to be outed as a PC user.

Have a great weekend - and don't waste the fine weather playing too long with that Boot Camp. µ


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