Experience with Mac's BootCamp anyone?
sundar.personal at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 23:37:56 BST 2009
Mark C. Miller wrote:
> The school I teach at is replacing my computer lab with Macs with
> BootCamp. I've already discovered that BootCamp will only run Vista (not
> sure about Windows 7, but definitely not XP.
> So I'm going to have a choice when I power the computer up between
> windows and Mac OS X. You'll notice what's missing from this puzzle?
> I'd like to know if Wubi will install under Windows when BootCamp is
> used. Even better, can BootCamp handle OS X, Windows and Ubuntu as three
> separate OSs?
> I can't find much on the web about BootCamp and Ubuntu other than a
> couple of articles that said you could use instead of Windows.
> Replies from folks with experience or better search skills are much
this is a bit of a tangential reply, but you're probably just as well
off (or even better off) installing VirtualBox under OS X and install
Ubuntu inside a VirtualBox VM. This has the advantage of not requiring
any form of multi-boot, and you can use OS X and Ubuntu simultaneously.
I use Mac OS X 10.5 at work, and I have Jaunty under VirtualBox. It
works perfectly. If you install the guest additions, you even get the
seamless transitions between OS X apps and the VM window and dynamic
window size / resolution changes for the VM. If running Ubuntu
fullscreen rocks your boat, you can do that too. Virtualbox 3.0 even
allows you to run a 64-bit OS in a VM within a 32-bit OS (provided both
are Intel-based architecture).
I am forced to use Windows XP for some tasks at work :-( and I have XP
also installed as a VirtualBox VM.
I speak only for myself, but ever since I got used to Virtualbox, I see
little reason for multi-boot - especially on laptops/noteboooks. Why
plan ahead and choose A _OR_ B at one time, when, with the hardware that
is common nowadays, you can have A _AND_ B at the SAME time without
Your major challenges if you do consider Virtualbox will be:
- Limited to Intel-based Macs (but Snow Leopard is too!)
- Older hardware may not be powerful enough for a VM
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