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10th July 2006, 14:51
Ars has a good review of the 1.0 version of Parellels Desktop for Mac OS X. For those still living in a cave, this is the desktop virtualization software to aspires to finally bring Windows applications (and of course those of other platforms) to the Mac OS without having to resort to dual-booting or emulation (virtual PC).


As a quick summary, here are their conclusions in a pro/con format:

* Fast and overall responsiveness in OSes is very good
* Clean, unobtrusive interface
* Seamless networking with no configuration needed
* Additional tools for Windows make file sharing and mouse movement better
* Disk image compacting tool saves hard drive space
* Very good application compatibility for software within client OSes
* Runs multiple instances of the application to use more than one core/CPU when running two or more client VMs
* Connect image option is a time and disk saver for downloaded installers
* Well priced, even at US$80

* Not suitable for games or complex 3-D modeling applications
* Limited USB hardware support
* No option to use more than a single CPU core
* Can't burn DVDs and CDs within VMs
* Improved mouse movement driver for Windows VMs only

10th July 2006, 16:46
hrm... didn't realize I was living in a cave... oooo look stalactites, pretty

but yes that's cool in concept. I wish them more luck than Wine has had.

10th July 2006, 17:49
Completely different thing than Wine. Unix has had virtualization for a long time, so this is nothing new. In other words, it's more than just a concept, it's a proven technology.

This is only a new thing for Mac OS X because of it only recently being platform/architecture compatible with other Intel-based operating systems.

10th July 2006, 18:06
purchased, now where is my xp cd...

11th July 2006, 13:22
I played with it a few weeks ago, it's blazing fast in comparison with VPC, I only noticed 2 small caveats no firewire support and I had some mouse problems when running windows in fullscreen.

14th July 2006, 16:02
Just out of interest, here is a thread (http://forum.parallels.com/thread3261.html) on the Parallels' forum for migrating a Boot Camp setup to Parallels.

Somewhat complex instructions, but might be worth it for those who have invested in a Boot Camp setup already (sorry Dan ;)).