January 11th, 2006

It looks like my dreams of replacing my Dell with a new MacBook are (temporarily?) shattered. [Via]

4 Responses to “Noooooooooo!”

  1. Bob Crosley Says:

    Even though you can’t run Windows natively until Vista comes out, you have to remember that Virtual PC and iEmulator are both planning to have the x86 instructions execute natively. That means that you should be able to run Windows at near native speed through the emulator. I this case, the emulator emulates the archaic PC BIOS that Windows is expecting.

    iEmulator 1.7.9 will have this and will be released next month. Virtual PC is being rewritten, but doesn’t have a date yet. iEmulator is only $24 bucks.

  2. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Good to know, Bob. I wonder if somebody will be able to put together some kind of “pseudo-BIOS” bootstrapping OS. Something that essentially gets booted on EFI and then acts like BIOS to the “real OS.”

    On a mailing list I susbcribe to, somebody even suggested that EFI might have within it the ability to emulate BIOS?

  3. cjwl Says:

    I will make the bold prediction that there will be at least one very good way to run windows on the Intel Mac’s at full speed, there is just way too much demand for it. A matter of time now.

    What do you use Windows for?

  4. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    I use Windows mostly for comparison testing software that I’ve been hired to port to Mac OS X. Sometimes I also use it to check out some PC-only software that is getting a lot of buzz. On occasion I’ve even considered learning to write code in Windows, but I usually find something better to do with my time pretty quickly :)

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