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Version 1.2 of Apple's identity-crisis software now supports the 32-bit versions of Microsoft's latest OS

Owners of Intel-based Macs can now join their PC brethern in rejoicing - or demeaning - Microsoft's latest Windows operating system, Vista. With the release of Boot Camp beta 1.2, Apple has added support for the 32-bit versions of Vista.

While some enterprising souls have managed to install Vista release candidates on their Intel-based Macs prior to this point, Vista's installer and EFI-aware boot code caused its share of problems, and drivers were not fully functional. Boot Camp 1.2 fixes these installation bugs, and adds a nearly full compliment of drivers. Audio, video, input and communication devices are all supported, but the Sudden Motion Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and S-Video functionality are still absent, so SmackBook fans will have to restrict their technology abuse to OSX.

In addition to the 32-bit restriction, upgrades or multi-disc versions of Vista are not supported. There have been some spotty reports of success with an installation of Windows XP followed by an in-place upgrade to Vista, but Apple makes no mention of this on their websites.

Boot Camp 1.2 is a 138MB download, and is freely available to any Mac owner running OS 10.4.6 or later with 10GB of free drive space, a supported Windows XP or Vista install media, and a desire to make hardcore Apple zealots squirm a little when they see a Start button on their LCD.


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RE: Fucking Hypocrites...
By tekzor on 3/30/2007 1:45:16 PM , Rating: 1
wow you get voted down to pointing out MAC uses inferior hardware that is "optimized" for a mac? Those video cards for MAC were double the size of their PC equivalent = worth your money?
There is no real reason to buy a mac anymore hence the release of BOOTCAMP. Isnt MAC OS not superior to windows? IT NEVER WAS!
Apple realy has no idea what to do and how to compete with Microsoft after the release of vista... bootcamp is their last hope.


RE: Fucking Hypocrites...
By Pirks on 3/30/2007 3:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
tekzor, I voted you up but you're still wrong about prices. get any decent brand PC with exactly the same specs/size/weight/built-in devices as in Mac Mini/iMac/MacBook - and it will likely cost more than comparable Mac. for example Aopen Mac Mini clones used to cost more than comparable Mac Mini, and Sony's iMac clones still cost same or more than comparable iMac, same for Dell iMac clone (okay, _almost_ a clone, not as much as Sony's one) named M2010 I think. Same for Mac Pro. Macs stopped being overpriced the moment they went Intel way. just go to HP or Dell or Lenovo websites, configure yourself a laptop or desktop with same specs/size/weight as comparable Mac and see for yourself. I won't buy a Mac anyway, they are for pussies, and I'm a gamer, not a pussie :) but even though I'm a gamer who loves newegg the most, I still did my research and found out Macs are not overpriced anymore. you can find the same if you try to open your eyes. less zealotry and you dicover new exciting things... or not exciting, it depends :)


RE: Fucking Hypocrites...
By noirsoft on 3/30/2007 4:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
The Dell M2010 is in no way an iMac clone -- It is a massive 20 inch desktop replacement notebook for executives. Whether it is practical, and whether there is any market for such a beast is debatable, but in no way it in supposed to compete with Apple's low-end iMac machines.


RE: Fucking Hypocrites...
By Pirks on 3/30/2007 7:59:40 PM , Rating: 1
yeah, I agree, M2010 is not supposed to compete with Apple's low-end iMacs. it's rather competing with high-end 24" iMac.


RE: Fucking Hypocrites...
By tekzor on 3/30/2007 4:25:55 PM , Rating: 2
I can agree on some of the prices but due to apple being the only producer of their macs, there is no price legroom. Contraints to buying a computer kinda sucks.


RE: Fucking Hypocrites...
By Pirks on 3/30/2007 8:04:19 PM , Rating: 1
good point, but you should understand that Apple is a minority/niche computer maker, they have only about 6% of PC market share in the US right now (numbers from wikipedia). being such a small scale PC maker they can't yet afford cheap mass market $300 PCs eMachines style or Dell style. small boutique PC makers like Alienware also charge arm and leg for their stylish luxury PCs, and you don't seem to complain, then why do you complain about just another boutique PC maker named Apple Inc? you should swear at Voodoo PC, FNW, and everyone else, by the same logic, now shoudn't you?


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