Tuesday, October 02, 2007


news analysis

For months, the industry has been calling on Microsoft to ease restrictions forcing customers to use only the priciest versions of Windows Vista for desktop virtualization.

Mystery surrounds Microsoft's virtualization flip-flop | CNET News.com: "Indeed, virtualization poses an interesting set of business issues for Microsoft, particularly in that it involves Microsoft's crown jewel--its Windows desktop franchise."

Gregg Keizer over on Computerworld posted a warning for Boot Camp users:

The news was no secret: Apple had spelled it out on the Boot Camp download page and in the EULA (end user license agreement) included with the beta and posted on the Apple site. “The term of this License…will terminate automatically without notice from Apple upon the next commercial release of the Apple Software, or December 31, 2007, whichever occurs first,” the EULA states.

According to Apple, Windows partitions already installed on Macs using Boot Camp will continue to work, but the Assistant software, which sets up and manages those partitions, will not once the license expires. “And Apple will not offer driver updates to beta users,” said company spokesman Anuj Nayar in an e-mail today.

» Will Boot Camp drive Leopard sales | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com

Boot Camp has been one of Apple’s killer apps and has received a lot of publicity, and it seems that Apple predicted this and added a time-bomb to the software in order to make sure that users who were hooked on it upgraded to Leopard.


Bootcamp is not virtualisation because you can not run multiple OS (or multiple copies of the same OS) on the same machine simultaneosuly

Sensible bootcamp users will migrate to Parallels or to a PC - especially if gamers or to Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2


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