Do you want Windows XP on that Mac?

Summary:MacMall is offering all its customers the chance to own an Apple Mac that has both Mac OS and Windows XP installed on it.

MacMall is offering all its customers the chance to own an Apple Mac that has both Mac OS and Windows XP installed on it.

“We are the #1 U.S. direct marketing reseller of Apple computers because we are willing to go the extra mile for our customers, and offer extensive solutions for their needs,” said Frank Khulusi, Chairman and CEO of PC Mall, Inc. “MacMall is the only large Mac direct marketing reseller we’re aware of marketing bundles of Apple’s new systems which come with pre-loaded software to work in both the Windows and Macintosh worlds as soon as they unpack their system.”

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It offers Apple customers what some seem to want - a choice of operating systemsMacMall is offering Windows XP Home or Pro on all MacBooks, MacBook Pros, iMacs, Mac Pros and Mac minis and customers can choose between using Nova Development’s Parallels Desktop for Mac or Apple’s Boot Camp Public Beta to handle the dual booting arrangement.  They're not the first retailer to offer this service, but they are by far the biggest and will give the dual-booting technology a huge amount of exposure.

I think it's interesting how utilities like Parallels and BootCamp are changing the Mac landscape (especially BootCamp, since it's free).  It offers Apple customers what some seem to want - a choice of operating systems.  It also gives those who like Apple hardware but who aren't too sure about making the switch to Mac OS an easy and safe way to experiment.

What are your feelings about dual boot on a Mac?  Does it make you more likely to buy Mac?  What are your experiences with dual boot Macs?

Topics: Apple

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