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The Windows on a Mac story just seems to be one that refuses to go away. It seems that the whole world is going cock-a-hoop and doing back flips over the new-found ability of the Intel Mac to run Windows natively. What few seem to be saying is that it’s a crock.

What you have with Apple’s Boot Camp is the ability to have a dual boot choice between Windows and Mac OSX. Wow! Let’s get this straight. You can choose to boot one operating system, shut down, and reboot the other operating system. So, as some pundits say, when you’re in the office you no longer need both a Mac and a PC. Utter rubbish.

I also have a dual boot system. I can boot Windows or Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.0 (beta). It works in a similar way to the Mac and Windows dual boot system with one crucial difference. When I’m running Linux, I can see my Windows files and, guess what, I can open and run all of the Microsoft Office applications in a look-alike suite of opens source applications called Open Office.org. I can also import all my Outlook data to a similar email and calendaring client called Evolution. I can do all of this without rebooting and getting into Windows.

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