Virtualization is here …..

Unfortunately for a price .

Parallels Desktop for Mac is the first solution that gives Apple users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro.
Unlike past software that allowed Windows programs to run on a Mac, Parallels Desktop does not need to emulate the hardware that’s inside a PC. That’s because Macs and PCs now use the same Intel-based chips. As a result, the speed of Parallels is far better than past efforts at bringing together the two operating systems, the software start-up said.

Unlike dual-boot solutions, in which users must completely shut down Mac OS X and endure a full OS start-up cycle to access a important application, Parallels Desktop for Mac empowers users with the ability to run important Windows programs like Outlook, Access, Internet Explorer and all other applications without having to give up the usability and functionality of their Mac OS X machine even for a few minutes.
You can use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside – not instead of – Mac OS X.
Using the Parallels Shared Folders you can even easily share documents and folders, or cut and paste data, between any Windows XP, 2003 or 2000 virtual machine and your Mac OS X machine.”

The apple site now actually mentions parallels instead of bootcamp. I believe there is a 15 day free trail ( yes , this has to be paid for ) , so everyone out there with an intel mac please do try this out and tell us.
According to parallels , their software runs as smoothly as bootcamp , but i doubt it .

This is actually the same technology ( or something like this ) that apple promises to incorporate into OS X 10.5 leopard (the next version ) .

Apple’s site
Parallels site

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