New Mac mini (Intel based) – Macs now running windows

The last experiment with getting a Mac worked out just fine. And then 2 weeks ago the company I work at found out that we needed a Mac, so the supporters was able to actually look at a Mac and be able to assist our customers running OS X with their needs. So I got an oppotunity to sell my “old” Mac mini G4.

So fast forward to yesterday: My new Mac arrived. 220MB downloads later (Turns out OS X 10.4.6 was released same day) I was up and running. A quick restore of my files from my external Iomega firewire drive to /Users and creation of a new user with my usual username (OS X asked if I wanted to “reattach” the files I had just restored – Which is basicaly a chmod to get the permissons right), and I was back where I left off. Things going a lot faster though.

Today Apple released a press announcement about Boot Camp. A bit of a surprise, as it was not excatly something I saw coming, considering Steve’s latest interviews and tradeshow talks.

But here it is, and it is working just fine too. A few screenshots from windows:

Taks manager showing off the Core Duo processors:

Win mini task manager

Selection of startup disk – Not unlike the OS X program for the same job:

Select startup disk

How windows see the devices on the mini:

How windows sees the devices on the mini

Only a few devices does not show up as working. Apple says it is the remote control – And I frankly do not have any idea what that should be doing in windows, with the apparent lack of Frontrow.

Apple say that Boot Camp is going final along with OS X 10.5 (Aka Leopard).

What I would really like to know though: Is it ok to ignore the parts in the manual specifying what to install, and install something more interesting than Windows XP Pro SP2?


It seems that some crafty people have managed to do the tricks and boot multiple OSs