Why Apple Needs to Support Dual-Booting Even if They’re Planning for Virtualization in Leopard

Chris Clark gets it:

Thus, if Apple is to provide a virtual machine for Windows on Mac OS X, they have to provide a “boot into Windows” option: the VM alone won’t cut it for people who rely on Windows in a do-or-die capacity. The Classic environment didn’t preclude booting into OS 9, it just rendered it unnecessary for 90% of people 90% of the time. By the same token, dual-booting Windows is the contingency plan for the edge cases; the people with special needs that VM can’t fulfill.

Saturday, 8 April 2006