Am I wrong, or is this the first public beta from Apple?
Even if it is not, I connect Apple with the image of company delivering products that works out of the box and do they job, without beta disclaimer. This is the strange path they took, but understandable. The public interest in the start-XP-on-Mac project was huge; percentage of college freshmans that are considering Mac laptops goes from 27% to 44%. More than enough for Apple to realize the potential and jump in. And they show up in style - not only giving away all the drivers but giving you way to build your own customized XP install CD with the drivers in it. I wonder if Microsoft would consider this illegal. :)
The first real fruits of Intel transition are showing up. If they manage, in Leopard, to allow me to start XP apps or XP environment just like it is possible to start Classic, I’ll go and buy MacBookPro the very same day.