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Mac Os X 10.5 Likely To Have Virtualization, Windows Support
Quoting from GearLog:

In a stunning move, BAPCo, the industry-standard Windows benchmarking consortium, announced that Apple Computer has joined up as a member.  BAPCo is responsible for the SYSmark 2004SE and MobileMark benchmark suites we use at PC Magazine Labs for testing PCs.  BAPCo also produces the webserver test WEBmark.

BAPCo members include AMD, Intel, Transmeta, ATI, nVidia, Microsoft, Ziff Davis Media, CNET, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Seagate, VNU, Atheros, and ARCintuition.  These heavy hitters cooperate on determining and developing testing methodologies, using industry standard programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and 3ds max.  The SYSmark and MobileMark benchmarks are used as performance tests by media outlets, corporations, and government agencies worldwide.

This is significant because it means that Apple has now committed to Windows-based performance testing, and it will influence industry-standard testing methodologies going forward, possibly including Mac OS X testing.  We speculate that Apple will now develop Windows drivers for Intel Macs like the iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro with Intel Core Duo processors.  You will probably still need to buy your own copy of Windows XP (or Vista), but this is exciting stuff.

We've seen rumors that Apple will include virtualization technology in Mac Os X 10.5 (Leopard), but benchmarks like SYSmark and MobileMark don't work well in virtualized environments since they use ultilities that call low level processes (like anti-virus).  This bodes well for native Windows support on Macs in the future.

Read the entire article and the comments, here.
Published Tuesday, March 28, 2006 10:29 PM by David Marshall
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