Apple kicks off Leopard month with Boot Camp warning

Apple Inc. kicked off the month in which it plans to launch its new Mac OS X 10.5, "Leopard," OS by reminding users that the beta license for Boot Camp -- the utility that runs Windows XP or Vista on an Intel Mac -- will expire as soon as the new operating system ships. 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. However, Nayar did not respond to questions about whether Apple will make a final version available to Mac OS 10.4 users, and if so, at what price. A support document posted last week only said: "The license to use Boot Camp Beta expires when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is available to the public. To continue using Boot Camp at that time, upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard."

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To be fair, it was billed as a feature of Leopard, and was only given free as a beta to Tiger users so it could be adequately tested and developed.

whistlerxp said,
To be fair, it was billed as a feature of Leopard, and was only given free as a beta to Tiger users so it could be adequately tested and developed.

Partially correct (fully correct but it was only part of the reason)

Giving people BootCamp for free allowed alot of people to feel comfortable enough to run both MacOSX -and- WindowsXP at the same time so the difference between the two wouldnt have been such a shock. Have documents in some obscure Office format still? You still have your XP install to play with them, and the old DirectX games were available too.

But now the official VMWare machine is out to run XP within MacOSX, bootcamp isnt so...required. Its nice, but VMWare can do almost all of it, and with less partitioning hassles.

seamer said,

Partially correct (fully correct but it was only part of the reason)

Giving people BootCamp for free allowed alot of people to feel comfortable enough to run both MacOSX -and- WindowsXP at the same time so the difference between the two wouldnt have been such a shock. Have documents in some obscure Office format still? You still have your XP install to play with them, and the old DirectX games were available too.

But now the official VMWare machine is out to run XP within MacOSX, bootcamp isnt so...required. Its nice, but VMWare can do almost all of it, and with less partitioning hassles.

Doesn't SP1 for Vista add support for EFI motherboards, like the ones on Mac's? If so, then you don't need bootcamp at all if Windows can just boot nativlly on the hardware. Unless the EFI version used in all mac's is a specific version that's not one of the open ones and thus MS can't support that one.

But whatever. I'll never use a Mac again anyways.

Of course it wouldn't have killed them, but why wouldn't they do it if they can force people to upgrade to Leopard if they need to reinstall windows (or install for the first time). Thats another sale, and all the users who may be negatively impacted by this will go out and buy Leopard and convince themselves thats what they wanted to do anyways.

Considering this was disclosed from the beginning it isn't a big deal, even if it wasn't I doubt too much of a stink would have been raised. I can guarantee you that most of the people miffed about the Iphone price drop or bricking will be in line for the next IPhone release talking about how this is the greatest phone ever made.

Wait.... I have boot camp 1.4 here.... Oh wait... I'll still be able to use Windows in 2008 without any need to crack or buy anything?

And even BETTER, I will already have Leopard (it won't really change anything in that whole boot camp thing, but still)?

Big deal. Boot Camp doesn't start when you use the Windows Partition. So 2 things : you won't be able to create a new drivers CD, and you won't be able to create a new Windows partition. Windows will still be available in the boot process...

That's for a couple of Apple bashers here...

PsykX said,
I couldn't care less about Vista and Linux. I'm just happy with my duo of OS X and XP.

What he is saying is what if Microsoft gave people the option to dual boot Windows and Linux when Vista wasn't out yet but as soon as they released Vista required everybody, who has not set it up and wants to start dual booting Windows and Linux, to upgrade to Vista just for that option.

westonb_2005 said,
What he is saying is what if Microsoft gave people the option to dual boot Windows and Linux when Vista wasn't out yet but as soon as they released Vista required everybody, who has not set it up and wants to start dual booting Windows and Linux, to upgrade to Vista just for that option.

What it really boils down to is that if your Windows installation get hosed (a not uncommon thing) you won't be able to reinstall it unless you fork out for the upgrade.

The iPhone is a completely, and I stress completely different issue. People hacked the iPhones to run applications and to run on a network other than the one the iPhone is authorized for. This breaks the contract that was signed. Meanwhile, these people with Boot Camp were given a public beta, and told that it would expire when Leopard shipped. In addition, the user will still be able to use Windows, still be able to access their applications, change the data on their hard disk, use all of the RAM that the system is capable of, take advantage of the processor, boot up the way it should, all in each operating system.

Therefore, your comment can easily be dismissed as flamebait, and I believe that that is check, and mate.

simon360 said,
People hacked the iPhones to run applications and to run on a network other than the one the iPhone is authorized for. This breaks the contract that was signed.

Looks like Apple made something much more evil than WGA.

simon360 said,
Therefore, your comment can easily be dismissed as flamebait, and I believe that that is check, and mate.

I kid, sheesh!!! Let's not sit in the same rooms together, okay?

Well, that's fair enough. They offered a service that was designed for their upcoming OS to people using older system while it was in development. Obviously that's not much comfort to people that have to plunk up the money but at least they can continue to use their current partitions indefinitely.

Is there going to be an "Apple Special Event" for the release of Leopard? Also do you get a free upgrade to Leopard if you buy a Mac now? For Tiger I'm sure they had free upgrades a month or so ahead of launch. They must be doing it by now.

"Windows partitions already installed on Macs using Boot Camp will continue to work"
Well thats good to know, I was worried they were going to do something evil.