Yesterday I finally got my hands on a Mac Pro. It’s a dual 2.66 with two hard drives and 5GB of RAM and it is jaw-droppingly fast. I thought the G5 quad booted up quickly…try 12-15 seconds for the Mac Pro. It’s crazy!

The fastest Mac ever is a great machine to run Windows, too. I tried installing Parallels, the program that allows you to run Windows and Mac OS X simultaneously. It’s like Virtual PC, but there’s no processor emulation, so it’s quite fast on the machines I’ve used. However, Parallels isn’t yet compatible with the Mac Pro: it is unable to find the SuperDrive. On my third try, there was a kernel panic.

A call to Parallels Tech Support department was returned within the hour, and an e-mail even sooner. It looks like we’ll have to wait a few weeks for an updated version.

Meanwhile, Boot Camp was updated to (beta) version 1.1 to support the Mac Pro, so go that route if dual-booting is what you’re after.

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