[NBLUG/talk] Concerning Linux compatibility with the new MacBook
sampln at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 13 21:51:44 PST 2006
On Friday 13 January 2006 20:58, Daniel Smith wrote:
> I'd hope to see Intel Linux distros running on the iMac
> and MacBook Pro machines within a week after they ship. The
> Linux community will want to get this going faster than
> those wanting to boot Windows XP. It's all about bragging
> rights :-)
The wildcard in all this is what the Mac community wants. I know lots of Mac
users who are more interested in running Windows XP on these Macs because
they depend on certain applications that are only available for Windows (and
Virtual PC is only widely used because it's the only solution for Mac users,
if there was a VMWare for MacOS X it would be infinitely superior). Whatever
the critical application may be for a particular user, in some cases you
might even say that not having these applications is like not having water to
Of course, what I'd like to say in response is, "let them drink WINE!"
(As in <http://www.winehq.org/>, of course.)
But that's going to be even harder than setting up dual-booting WinXP/MacOS X,
since it hasn't even reached v1.0 on Linux after...how many years has it been
now? And I'm sure that if Apple does ANYTHING to directly enable users to
run Windows XP on their Macs, Steve Ballmer will ruthlessly search for a way
to use it to "f**king bury" Apple.
Still, the more I think about it, the more I think that "let them drink WINE!"
would be an excellent rallying cry for those open-source developers who have
an interest in the new Macs. But maybe it only sounds good to me because
I've become a bit sleep-deprived since Tuesday. In fact, I'm not sure why
I'm still writing this e-mail when I should be going to bed!
> Engadget also has a bit on this:
Interesting. I guess the question now becomes how much of a chore it would be
to install the "compatibility support module" described by the article.
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