Fast, with or without Boot Camp
I run Mac OS X and MEPIS Linux on a white MacBook 2GHz machine. Before I set up Boot Camp, average bootup from power on to Desktop ready was around 45 seconds. With Boot Camp and a rEFIt front end (where you choose the OS to boot), it's barely over a minute. Most C-net readers know about the speed, ease, safety, and general superiority of Mac OS X, but I've been impressed by MEPIS-64, a Linux distro based on an Ubuntu Dapper core but with support for 3rd party drivers, built-in plugins, utilities, and KDE enhancements that make it a pleasure to use, and it's a true 64-bit rocket of an OS. If you're interested in Linux, particularly as a potential Windoze switcher, I recommend you take a look over at mepis.org and learn about this extraordinary OS.
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