It has been requested that I write something on Apple's "Boot Camp," beta-quality software that makes it easier for Intel-based Macintosh computers to run Windows XP, released today. I was initially not very impressed. For a company that prides itself on its innovation, it is a bit surprising that their "technology" (in reality, just a bunch of graphical partitioning tools) does nothing innovative with virtualization, like Classic. It is also strange that Apple suggests that Boot Camp can only be used with Windows XP, while it could be useful for those who want to dual-boot with other operating systems.
While it is likely that my impresssions are shaped by the fact I like neither Apple nor dual-booting, I do like what recent events (like this and Microsoft's plan to support Linux on Virtual Server) mean for interoperability. Everyone intelligent knows that your information just wants to be free.