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    Bootcamp - Does it let you install all of the windows only software and databases?


    Hello,

    I am new to programming. I have recently started a course which requires a windows computer to install windows only software and databases.

    Does anybody know if running bootcamp on a mac will let you install all of the windows only software required for programming? Is it better and more stable to invest in a windows only computer for programming?

    Thanks
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    I don't use OS X, but my understanding is that bootcamp simply involves installing a normal windows copy on a separate partition. When you boot, you would choose to boot into either OS X or Windows. The Windows installation would function just like a normal Windows system.
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    This is correct its just a boot manager to allow dual booting between windows and mac. and a horrible one at that. However there are 3rd party applications that work as a windows compatibility layer, however have horrible driver support. On is CrossOver 12 for mac.

    But i say ditch the crackintosh and get urself a linux machine
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    Macs are well engineered, but there's nothing really special about them.

    As Oreo said, and I can confirm, bootcamp just partitions the drive and installs a fancy version of GRUB that allows you to dual or triple-boot. You have normal windows unaffected by MacOS and can do anything on it that you would on a "real" windows machine.

    You can also use bootcamp to install Ubuntu, RedHat, or any other operating system you'd like to try. Though to be fair, both of those can run right from their respective install CDs without any installation required.
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