Skype didn't install the first time I tried. One time, however, it crashed on startup as Gizmo Project was
loading. Disabling Gizmo Project load on start up fixed the problem.
I managed to get Firefox running
nicely, Gaim installed for chat, and Open Office installed, so that I more or less had all the work environment
necessities. Also, several of the Windows only programs and services that I have to access for work (and for which I
keep a Dell laptop lying around) installed easily on the iMac running XP, so I no longer have to leave my iMac and use
the Dell to get my work done. That's the landslide benefit of Boot Camp right there.
However, the coolest
part, and the thing that will keep me booting into XP more often than I normally would, is the games. Saturday, I ran
out to the store and bought Guild Wars, The Battle for Middle Earth, and Halo. They all run very fast
and nicely on the iMac XP. The only slow down I experienced was when battling the very cinematic and fire-breathing
Balrog while playing The Battle For Middle Earth, running it fullscreen 1600x1200 with the high detail
settings on the external 24-inch monitor. After I dropped down the settings a bit, it played fine and I imagine that if
I were running it on the iMac's default screen there wouldn't have been any issue.
Also a slight note,
running two monitors off of the iMac in XP did create a few visual "burps" every once in a while, where both
screens would flicker slightly. This usually only occured when I wasn't actively doing anything on the machine. As if
the screensaver was thinking about kicking in, but decided not to.
Also, since Flip4Mac isn't currently
installing on my Intel Mac, if I need to view Windows Media Player content on my Mac, rebooting into Windows seems to
be the only way to do so.
So what's my end verdict: if you've been keeping a crappy Windows machine around,
get rid of it. Get a copy of XP and install it on your Intel Mac. Get it for the workday bits that you are forced to
use Windows for and keep it for the games.