Boot Camp 1.2 Beta - Vista Support Added

In the next major release of Mac OS X Leopard, Apple will include a new technology called Boot Camp that lets you install and run Windows on your Mac. If you have an Intel-based Mac computer and would like to try Boot Camp, you can download the public beta today.

Features:

  • As elegant as it gets: Boot Camp lets you install Windows without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.(1) Boot Camp will burn a CD with all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.
  • Run Windows natively: Once you've completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the option key (that's the "alt" key for you longtime Windows users) at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. After starting up, your Mac runs Windows natively just like a PC. Simply restart to come back to Mac.

Changelog:
  • Support for Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera
  • Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player)
  • A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions
  • Improved keyboard support for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian
  • Improved Windows driver installation experience
  • Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows
  • Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista)
This is BETA software!, please use caution when installing it on your system
Download: Boot Camp 1.2 Beta (Freeware)
Link: Home Page | Forum Discussion (Thanks DN2004)

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I completely agree Raa... this should put to rest the rumor that Leopard was going to be delayed because of Vista support. I think this is why Apple released this now, instead of just waiting for Leopard to come out.

Agreed, Dual boot for me too. Virtualisation just doesn't cut it.


I'm SO glad to see they've released a new version, I guess this kills the "OMG Leopard was delayed because of Vista" bs :P

Dual booting between Windows and OS X is a waste of time unless you are doing something that requires direct access to your hardware (like 3D HW acceleration for gaming). Virtualization is where it's at; try VMware's beta or SWsoft/Parallels' Desktop for Mac.

Virtualization still isnt fast enough...A lot of the stuff I do when virtualized is at least 30% slower, such as compileing and video editing... I'd rather have dedicated hardware then virtualized hardware for stuff like that...

neufuse said,
Virtualization still isnt fast enough...A lot of the stuff I do when virtualized is at least 30% slower, such as compileing and video editing... I'd rather have dedicated hardware then virtualized hardware for stuff like that...

In my experience with VMware ESX, compiling code is NOT 30% slower. I know that ESX isn't necessarily a good comparison, but all of the Intel Macs have VT support, so I don't see them taking a 30% hit while compiling. As for video editing, um, wouldn't you want to do that under OS X? I mean, isn't the quality of content creation apps supposed to be one of OS X's strengths? Gods, if you go so far as do video editing under Windows, you might as well just switch.

LazLong said,

In my experience with VMware ESX, compiling code is NOT 30% slower. I know that ESX isn't necessarily a good comparison, but all of the Intel Macs have VT support, so I don't see them taking a 30% hit while compiling. As for video editing, um, wouldn't you want to do that under OS X? I mean, isn't the quality of content creation apps supposed to be one of OS X's strengths? Gods, if you go so far as do video editing under Windows, you might as well just switch.

Video authoring and editing is better on OS X but perhaps they purchased video editing software when Windows was their primary OS?