Mac mini Core duo running Microsoft Windows XP
A friend brought over a dual-booting Mac mini Pro Duo with 2GB RAM to show me. An Intel-based Mac running Microsoft Windows XP is not quite the sensation it might have been a couple of weeks ago. But, this was still the first time I saw a Mac mini Core Duo dual booting Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows XP and I have to admit I was impressed at the boot speed for both Mac OS X and Windows XP.
I thought XP would boot slowly (still thinking emulation even though I know it is running natively) and was surprised to see how fast it came up to the point where the mouse and keyboard was usable on the Mac mini. I plugged in an Ethernet cable from my test LAN (thinking it would be easier to configure than WiFi) but we didn’t get a network connection. To be honest, we didn’t try very hard since that was not essential for show-and-tell to me.
Switching back to OS X, it struck me how much faster and more responsive the Intel based Mac mini seemed compared to my 1st generation G4 based Mac mini.
I don’t think I will dual boot my own Intel-based Mac (as soon as I am able to buy one that is). But, I am waiting to see if Microsoft Virtual PC or or Xen will be able for virtualizing XP or Linux for testing on a Mac.