[SLED] RE: uAdvice for iMac

Bruce Sommerville bdsommerville at gmail.com
Sat Sep 15 16:13:18 PDT 2007

Hi Alan,
 Thanks for that explanation of running two operating systems on the Mac. It
sounds as though Parallels might be easier to set up and use - I might look
at their website and see what they say. On the other hand, the new Panther
operating system might make this easy, as you suggest. I'll wait to find
   Ideally, I hope to keep the two systems separate, since I have my Toshiba
laptop for work, on which I run Windows, which the majority of my students
use, and which my university is geared up for, while the iMac can be used at
home for everything else. However, everyone on this list will know the
impossibility of keeping work separated from home! The only possible problem
here is loading Windows/Word .doc files into a Mac, and perhaps that could
be done with Microsoft Office for Mac (as a last resort!). There are many
other options for reliable office or student/teacher style software,
including iWork and Open Office (Sun Microsystems), which is free and very
good. On that note, if anyone can recommend good 'student/teacher
edition' software for Apple machines, I'd be pleased to hear about it.
   Anyway, there's only one way to find out how this will work, and that's
buy the Mac and take the plunge!
Bruce Sommerville.

 On Fri, 14 Sep 2007 at 23:29 Alan Levine wrote:
>On Sep 14, 2007, at 9:57 AM, Bruce Sommerville wrote:
>>    Alan - I'm not sure what you mean by the Intel side and the Mac
>> side of the same machine - I assume that running two operating
>> systems requires partitioning the hard drive, which is what I
>> presume Bootcamp/Parallels does. Is that what you mean?
>Either- whatever it takes to run Windows on the Mac (at first an out
>of body experience). You will need a licensed copy of XP to install
>as an OS. I used Bootcamp for about a year as my PC use is very
>occasional- Bootcamp is free and requires a reboot to switch to the
>other OS, which may be a pain if you go back and forth a lot. The
>Bootcamp setup does  partition of your Mac HD, but it is not a rigid
>partition- you can expand it later or delete it completely. It may
>likely be rolled into the Panther.
>I switched to Parallels for a period where I was flipping more often
>(likely on web development)- it more or less allows you to run both
>at the same time, and move files back and forth. Performance wise, I
>cannot say there was a difference, though my hunch is with Parallels
>you are somehow splitting the RAM and CPUs. Maybe not. Partallels
>does not require a partition, but it does create a large multi Gb
>virtual drive file.
>It just as well may not be necessary on the new iMac (and yes, the
>screen size is mighty attractive, I travel a lot and need the
>portability of the laptop), but may be worth trying if you have other
>reasons to play for the other team.
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