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$29 for the option to dual boot OS X and Windows

A report at MacScoop claims that according to leaked report from Apple, the final release of Boot Camp when released will cost users roughly $29 USD. Boot Camp has been available as a free public beta since early 2006 when Apple made its first transition to Intel processors. The software add-on allows x86 Mac users to install a fully working copy of Windows XP, which ran natively on their x86 Macs. Users who use Apple's Boot Camp are able to install and separately boot a fresh copy of Windows.

While the report says that the source of the leak is not entirely sure about the final cost of Boot Camp, they are sure that Apple will be charging for the download. Those who have Boot Camp now can still continue to use the software, but Apple apparently will cease driver support for those who do not upgrade. The report also claims that Apple will officially support Windows Vista via Boot Camp when it is released.

Boot Camp is expected to make its official debut along with Apple's next generation operating system, codenamed Leopard. The report also claims that Apple will be providing Leopard users with Boot Camp free of charge. Apple did make a comment in 2006 that Leopard will have Boot Camp fully integrated. Leopard is expected to make an official showing this coming spring.



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RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By mydogfarted on 1/22/2007 4:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
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You mean use a machine that supports far less hardware then any other major OS available? Seriously, XP doesn't crash often on tested retail machines. It crashes on the piece of junk you put together from Fry's with that pirated copy of XP Corp.


Whatever makes you feel warm and fuzzy about yourself. All three PCs I own have legit copies that I've bought or came installed on the machine. Plus, with my MSDN subscription I get EVERY available MS operating system.

How can you even say Macs support less hardware than every other major OS available? The only other MAJOR OS is Windows! Linux isn't a major OS and most certainly has slight differences between distributions and spotty drivers at best.

What people fail to remember and accept is Apple is a hardware vendor that writes an OS to work on their machines. Has it occurred to any of you that the switch to Intel was also to allow people to run Windows on their hardware if they choose?


RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By glennpratt on 1/22/2007 7:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
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Linux isn't a major OS


I suggest you just sit down and think about what you just said. If you're arguing semantics, fine. Distributions based on GNU/Linux combine to form a major OS.

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spotty drivers at best.


Let's rephrase that. Linux has less then ideal driver support for new hardware, which the manufacturers will not document. In comparison to the Mac however, Linux has a truckload of drivers. Ever notice where most of the bundled OS X printer drivers came from? The gimp-print project, originally a plugin for The GIMP.

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What people fail to remember and accept is Apple is a hardware vendor that writes an OS to work on their machines. Has it occurred to any of you that the switch to Intel was also to allow people to run Windows on their hardware if they choose?


What? I'm sorry what is your point?


"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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