The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Undecided if your next computer should be a Mac or a Windows system? Now you can have your cake and eat it, too. You can have both, all inside a single box.
I recently wrote a Plus Edition article entitled, Running Older Programs on Windows 7. The article is available at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=17688 and describes a method to run older programs on the latest version of Windows. Indeed, most older Windows programs will work properly, but there are numerous exceptions. In that article, I described a method of adding a "virtual computer" to run both old and new operating systems simultaneously.
Upon re-reading the article, I was struck by how much similarity there is between Windows and Macintosh. In fact, it is possible to run almost all Windows programs on any modern Macintosh system. That includes both older and newer Windows programs. The gap between Windows and Macintosh has now narrowed: any Mac user can run almost any program from either operating system.
In fact, today's computers are not limited to Windows and Macintosh. Any modern Intel-based Macintosh system can also run Linux, many versions of UNIX, OS/2, BeOS, and even MS-DOS. Does anyone remember MS-DOS? Do you still have a need for it? If so, get a Mac! You can easily run MS-DOS and any of the other operating systems simultaneously while running Macintosh OS X. In fact, if you have enough memory installed in the Mac, you can run three, four, or even more operating systems simultaneously!
The iMac I am using at this moment to write this article is simultaneously running Macintosh OS X, Microsoft Windows XP, and Ubuntu Linux. I could run even more operating systems at the same time, but performance eventually will slow down as memory and processing power are consumed. If I shut down one or two operating systems, performance will return to normal.
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