RE: Re: what computer, what software for a lab?

Subject: RE: Re: what computer, what software for a lab?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>, "David Hailey" <david -dot- hailey -at- usu -dot- edu>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 10:35:29 -0400

I keep hearing about Bootcamp. What actually is it? Is it anything more
than a boot-loader for Macs?

In the PC world, I've been making dual- and multi-boot systems since
about the mid-1990s, just by installing Linux. First lilo (then more
recently Grub, which was faintly fancier) would present a boot-time
screen with the options for Linux or Windows or BSD or... and if
Windows was the choice, that would/could in turn launch the Windows
boot-loader which then provided the choices among installed Windows
versions.

The only configuring required for the Linux (or Windows) bootloaders was
to pick the order that they'd appear on the list and which one was to be
default. In other words, not complicated and practically
self-configuring unless you had some complicated boot-time instructions
needed by a given OS.

When I hear about the fa-a-a-abjulous "bootcamp", my first thought is
"well, du-uh!". Then I wonder if I'm missing a whole entire class of
wonderful capabilities. Yes, I know it's for the Mac, which makes it
just extra-special scrumpdillyishious, but... other than that?

Kevin (ever distrustful of hoopla, who has a very old Mac somethingBook
gathering dust at home)
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