Originally posted by hmurchison
Virtualization and dual booting are two distinct duties. Virtualation is a Ferrari whereby Dual Booting is an Edsel.
THIS is one of the very few times I disagree with you hmurchison. Is dual booting kind of a hassel? Yes. Is dual booting faster than virtualization? YES!
With virtualization you are going to have the main OS have a lot of overhead... in this case OS X. The main OS has to treat the virtualization software and virtualized OS as an application. That means protected memory, restricted access to hardware, etc. This means more latency between all the devices in the computer. This means more cpu cycles... which in turn means SLOWER speed.
Does virtualization have it's place? Yes. Does dual booting have it's place? Definitely. Calling dual booting a total flop (in reference to your Edsel comment), is stretching it. Both methods have huge pros and huge cons. Dual booting IS here to stay because people need native speed. Whether that speed is needed in 3D Studio Max, Autocad, or games... Virtualization simply can't supply the same speed you would get from a dual boot.
On the other hand, what makes virtualization cool is the fact that you can use windows apps from within OS X. BUT these apps again are going to have latency... so you'll still be sticking to less performance demanding applications.
For those who need native speed, need dual booting. Leave the virtualization up to the companies that have experience with it. It will come with time.
I'm not worried about the OS/2 effect because Apple is not guaranteeing Windows support out the box. This is purely your own endeavour and you must provide your own windows software.