Intel-based processor? Check.
Sufficient screen size? Check.
Sufficient graphics card? Check.
Sufficient default memory and hard disk size? Check.
Bonus: Energy Star compliant, built-in iSight camera, Superdrive –check.
Affordable price? A system starting with all of the above starting at $1299, that’s very good. Check.
Run Windows, Linux, and Mac natively on one box? Well, I am not sure yet. This is the only thing that is holding me back from running out to an Apple Store today and buy a new Intel-based iMac. Last year, we saw a preview of Windows XP running on an Intel-based developer Mac (and that was no April’s Fools Day joke). Now, there is news that Windows will not run on an Intel-based Mac because of Apple’s use the extensible firmware interface (EFI), not BIOS. I do not know what to believe.
It would be a blessing if one could run all three systems natively on one box. Right now, I have a dual-boot Linux and Windows Intel box, and an iBook. I use my iBook for traveling, and to manage my media (music and photos). I use the Windows partition to primarily play games (locked down from the network). I use the Linux partition for virtualization, research, and everything else.
I am sure that I am not the only one who wants such a system. Remember Scott Granneman’s article on SecurityFocus last year, his conversation with an FBI special agent? Recall:
“…Many of the computer security folks back at FBI HQ use Macs running OS X, since those machines can do just about anything: run software for Mac, Unix, or Windows, using either a GUI or the command line. And they’re secure out of the box. In the field, however, they don’t have as much money to spend, so they have to stretch their dollars by buying WinTel-based hardware. Are you listening, Apple? The FBI wants to buy your stuff. Talk to them!”
Any confirmations of triple-booting on an Intel-based Mac?