Product development on one Macbook Pro

Many people have observed this in the past, but it’s always been interesting to me that when I’m at various technology conferences, I’m not the only one in the room with a glowing Apple logo on my laptop.

Several alpha geek buddies of mine have been switching from PC-only to Macbook Pro’s running Mac OS X, Windows XP and, in some cases, Linux. They now have just one box with concurrent development and testing happening on one machine vs. the two or three they used to have on their desks at one time. Makes life alot easier for them.

The promise is operating systems that run seamlessly on the Mac like this video on YouTube. The reality is that Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels desktop and the upcoming VMWare for Mac OS X are three different approaches each with pros and cons — and none seem to live up to the promise of being 100% and fully robust quite yet.

Where is the “A, B, C” comparison between these three approaches? Or is it too early, specifically for VMWare since it’s not shipping? All I know is that the usefulness of at least running Windows on my Macbook Pro will be phenomenal. I’d still like to read a comprehensive overview.

Rumor has it that Apple may include virtualization software in Leopard which would be great. Double clickable Windows executables in OS X anyone?

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  1. Josiah on August 29, 2006 at 3:37 am

    You mind find this of interest/entertainment…

  2. Lars Plougmann on August 29, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    Travelling from JFK to London and faced with a three hour delay, I was aghast at how many glowing apple logos were visible. Macs must be winning hearts and minds out there.

    I too run Parallels and find it very convenient. But I would like to see the ability to run Windows apps as separate windows, not just relegated to a parallel Windows environment.

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