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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 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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