There’s been a lot of interest in running Windows XP natively on the Intel-based Macs. I use Microsoft Windows, Linux (various distros), and Mac OS X every day, 7 days a week for various tasks. Although there is a cost in speed, I prefer a virtualization solution to a dual-boot (requiring reboots to switch) solution. VMware released their GSX product as freeware (Workstation and ESX are still for-fee), XEN is Open Source and free and will be integrated in the next versions of SUSE Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (though it will not support Windows as a Guest OS until the AMD and Intel hardware virtualization CPUs are supported), and the rumor is that Microsoft will drop their already lowered price for Virtual Server 2005 R2 to free (information from Virtualization.info) soon. So, if anyone has a lead on Apple’s virtualization strategy for Mac OS X on the desktop/notebook, let us know what it is.
Is Apple just going to sit and wait for Microsoft Virtual PC for the Intel Mac to appear? Is Apple going to take Xen and tweak it for OS X? I don’t have an Intel-based Mac yet. But, when I do, I would like to be able to run Windows XP/Vista and CentOS/Ubuntu Linux as a Guest OS.