Will Boot Camp drive Leopard sales

Will Boot Camp drive Leopard sales

Summary: A warning for all Boot Camp users ...


Gregg Keizer over on Computerworld posted an warning for Boot Camp users:

The news was no secret: Apple had spelled it out on the Boot Camp download page and in the EULA (end user license agreement) included with the beta and posted on the Apple site. "The term of this License...will terminate automatically without notice from Apple upon the next commercial release of the Apple Software, or December 31, 2007, whichever occurs first," the EULA states.

According to Apple, Windows partitions already installed on Macs using Boot Camp will continue to work, but the Assistant software, which sets up and manages those partitions, will not once the license expires. "And Apple will not offer driver updates to beta users," said company spokesman Anuj Nayar in an e-mail today.

Boot Camp has been one of Apple's killer apps and has received a lot of publicity, and it seems that Apple predicted this and added a time-bomb to the software in order to make sure that users who were hooked on it upgraded to Leopard.

Now this raises an interesting question - is Boot Camp worth upgrading to Leopard for? I used Boot Camp for a few weeks earlier this year and was highly impressed by it, certainly impressed enough to consider upgrading if I was using Max OS X. If you want the ultimate, go for Parallels, which is by far the best virtualization tool out there and the product that I really wished VMware Workstation was, but if you don't want to spend the cash and just want a simple dual boot setup, Boot Camp is very nice indeed. I'm guessing that I'm not along in thinking like this and that a lot of people will be willing to fork over cash to Apple just for the privilege of running Boot Camp.


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  • Virtualization Software???

    You said: "Boot Camp is by far the best virtualization tool out there and the product that I really wished VMware Workstation was. "

    But....I thought that boot camp was software for createing a dual boot environment which is very different from what VMware or other virtualization software does. I'm not a MAC user, but from the deiscription on Apple's web site where it talks about selecting an OS at startup, it sure sounds to me like a dual boot - not virtualization. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
    • You're right

      I Think Adrian is mixing up Boot Camp with Parallels. Parallels is from a separate
      Len Rooney
  • Boot Camp is not virtualization software.

    It's a utility that allows the user to easily repartition their hard drive as well as creates the necessary drive CD for the Macintosh hardware.
  • RE: Will Boot Camp drive Leopard sales

    First off...boot camp is not virtualization. You have no idea what you are saying not even considering the typos you have in your blog. Your story should not be visible as it will misinform and make everyone stupider.
  • Typical Zdnet, none fact checking ...

    [b]R[/b]ush [b]T[/b]o [b]R[/b]eaders
  • Boot Camp? We don need no stinkin' Boot Camp!

    Other than gamers what Apple OSX user in their 'right mind' would want to boot into another O/S?

    Is it me? Bueler? Anybody! ;)
    D T Schmitz
    • Me

      "Other than gamers what Apple OSX user in their 'right mind' would want to boot into
      another O/S?"

      I use VMware's Fusion to boot various Linux distros for development all the time on
      my MacBook. Beats lugging around several xSeries servers when I'm on the road;-)
      Richard Flude
      • Excellent Point!

        My personal favorite--VMware Server/Fusion is the ticket! ;-)
        D T Schmitz
    • I'm in my "right mind"

      I'm not a gamer. My business required me to use an online reporting system that is not compatible with mac - no matter what I tried. Until my Dino-Dell died, I had to have 2 computers in my office. When it died, I was very excited to be able to get a hard drive I could partition with Windows. The only time I use it is to do those reports, then I'm right back into OSX. So, I'm not "out of my mind", just held captive by the PC world.

      Though, I'm not sure why I need boot camp anymore, since I can switch back & forth just fine - nothing has stopped working. I think the kill switch has been embedded into the latest firmware update (which I won't be updating until I get Leopard anyway)

  • No, Boot Camp will not drive Leopard sales

    No, I don't think Boot Camp will drive Leopard sales. Based on the information provided by Apple, the Boot Camp Assistant (which partitions the hard drive and creates a disk of Windows drivers) will stop working with the release of Leopard. Because users will not need to upgrade to Leopard to continue using their current dual boot systems, the death of beta Boot Camp Assistant won't spur these users to purchase Leopard.

    All this "reminder" means is that Windows-curious Mac users should download and run beta Boot Camp Assistant before Leopard arrives.

    For those without a Mac (but considering one), there are only two options:
    - Buy a current Mac and download/install beta Boot Camp
    - Wait until Leopard-equipped Macs arrive (which will already have the new non-beta Boot Camp)
    Either way, the decision will not affect overall Leopard sales. Mac sales, yes; Leopard sales, no.

    And, as a correction that others have already pointed out but still worth clarifying:
    -- "Boot Camp is by far the best virtualization tool out there and the product that I really wished VMware Workstation was." --
    Boot Camp is not virtualization software - it is a program that makes it very simple to set up a Mac to dual-boot into Windows.
    It is possible, however, to use the Boot Camped Windows partition from inside OS X through Parallels. Perhaps this is the source of your "Boot Camp is virtualization" error?
  • Will Leopard improve on Boot Camp?

    If it does then it will help drive sales of both the OS and the Mac.

    Since we're in the time frame that Leopard will be released I'm
    expecting a drop in Mac sales, with a nice spurt when Leopard is
    actually released. Then you have the normal sales of the boxed
    version, which is traditionally significant in the Mac community,
    plus those that "discovered" the Mac when Boot Camp made
    running Win apps possible.

    I think Boot Camp will drive sales, but the degree will be hidden
    in the overall box sales.
  • If the 'Killer App'

    on the Mac platform is there so that you can run Windows, at hundreds of dollars a copy instead of under a hundred dollars a copy (box price vs. OEM), then it really isn't much of a 'killer app'. More like stuffing money down MS's throat hand over fist.
    Yes, you can run Linux also, but if you've bitten off that much, why pay through the nose for hardware?
    • Sense & Sensibility

      Now.. it is.. the same basic hardware
      If you think Windows is that important or necessary, and do not have a retail copy you are entitled to use then (hack) or buy another...

      The Killer App depends on what may be important to you (or for your Company) If that is Halo3 or Exchange etc, your choice has been made for you... of course there are also things like UT & OpenXchange etc.

      And for those that do have retail/Corp or hacked versions 2k/XP why can they not use if they choose. As multiboot or VM.

      I think Windows is far less necessary than it use to be.

      As to hardware..
      As it is really the same, and provides a elegant solution.
      At a premium price, and to some/many seem limited & pretentious, yet still very competitive & of good or great value & benefit.

      The hardware may seem pricey, but good in its own right.
      Then Apple software is just and added Value or Benefit...

      Although I might boycott all Apple purchases, till they get the iPhone/AT&T, worked out.....
    • OEM Windows copy for new Macs

      I believe it is perfectly legal to buy an OEM copy of Windows when you purchase a new Mac. In fact, I think there are several online retailers who will even create the BootCamp partition and install the OEM copy of Windows on a new Mac for you.
  • Um, why the assumption

    that because the beta license will expire, Boot Camp will become unavailable for Tiger?

    Wouldn't it make just as much sense for Boot Camp to go commercial with Leopard?

    Apple may bundle Boot Camp with Leopard, but the fact is, Boot Camp already works with Tiger. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple bundled Boot Camp with Leopard and made it a $29.99 product for Tiger.
  • RE: Will Boot Camp drive Leopard sales

    No way, bootcamp is dead software. Parallels and VM
    Ware Fusion will push sales of Apple's Intel based
    machines, but Bootcamp is history. If I wanted a
    standalone PC I'd have two machines. It's the ability
    to switch back and forth without a reboot that sells
    machines, and OS X.
    David Fenton