Windows XP-on-Mac contest declares winner

A Macintosh enthusiast has apparently managed to load Windows XP on an Intel Mac, nabbing a nearly US$14,000 prize.

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Colin Nederkoorn talks about why he launched the XP-on-Mac contest.

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For some days, there has been discussion that the person who goes by the handle "narf" had managed the technically challenging feat. Photos were posted on Flickr, and much debate ensued. However, narf's method had to prove replicable before the contest was officially ended.

On Thursday, though, the contest ended, and a winner was declared.

"Contest has been won -- updates to follow shortly," reads a short message on the contest's Web site.

The contest, which has been running since just after Apple Computer announced the first Intel-based Macs, collected donations from individuals and companies to raise the prize money.

Although both Macs and Windows PCs now use Intel chips, the task of loading Windows on the Intel Macs has proved more complicated, in part because both use different means of booting up. There had been hope that the next version of Windows would make things easier, but an Apple executive last week said booting Vista on Macs may not prove that easy, either.

The win comes just ahead of an end-of-month deadline that would have seen the money go instead to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The effort was launched by Colin Nederkoorn, who put up US$100 of his own money, hoping his new Intel Mac would be able to replace his Windows PC. According to the rules, his Web site now has the rights to publish the solution. The solution appears to be available for download, though traffic to the site was heavy Thursday.

An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.

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