byMarc Perton||April 5th 2006 at 3:25pmApril 5th 2006 3:25 pm
While some early message-board reviews
of Apple's new Boot Camp
software -- which was announced earlier today --
seem to show that there are at least some hazards to running Windows on a Mac (see the pic at right, which is
apparently one of the first Boot
Camp-assisted Mac BSODs), The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg has given the new boot manager a thumbs up.
According to Mossberg (who was able to sneak a copy out of Cupertino a few days ago), after installing Boot Camp and
Windows on an Intel iMac, Windows ran "blazingly fast," and all of the apps he tested ran
"flawlessly." Mossberg put the install time -- including both installing Boot Camp itself and running the
usual Windows installer -- at 57 minutes, 40 of which were claimed by the Windows setup program. Despite being
generally pleased, Mossberg did find a few glitches, including having to reset the clock every time Windows is booted
(apparently the system clock used by the iMac isn't recognized by Windows) and not being able to use Apple's iSight
camera. All in all, however, Mossberg summed things up with what may soon become Apple's new tagline: "Whether you
want to run Mac or Windows programs, an Apple computer may be the only computer you'll need."