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Old 12-18-2008, 07:10 AM   #1
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How well does Parallels work?
Is it as convenient as it is made out to be - are there any issues I should be aware of? Other than having to buy a Mac to use it in the first place.

   
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How well does Parallels work?
Is it as convenient as it is made out to be - are there any issues I should be aware of? Other than having to buy a Mac to use it in the first place.
I have no first-hand knowledge, but it is reportedly easy to use.

My techie friends seem to prefer VMWare Fusion, which is also transparent and easy to use, but claims to be more secure when running Windows.

I keep thinking about it; someone from MS gifted me with a copy of Windows XT, and I could easily give it a whirl. Some day.

   
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:09 AM   #3
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I gave up on it - with their ridiculously limited trial model I had only a grand total of 5 days to test - not nearly enough, though it looked nice. Then I found that emails to Parallels were never answered (I tried several times) but having my email address they are quite eager to bombard me with promotional emails. I dithered, but did not order, because I had not had enough time to test, not enough to be convinced.

And then I discovered VirtualBox. Free (as in freedom), Open Source virtualization. Multi-platform, too (hosts systems as well as guest systems): I have a test install on Windows 2000 running a virtual Windows XP (!), and Puppy Linux as well. I also have a test install on my MacBook running Puppy Linux. (Puppy Linux was just used as a small and simple test install - I don't mean to run it for any "production" purpose but that might change).

So... bye, bye Parallels! And I'm not even tempted to trial VMware (again - I did that years ago on Windows). Free, Open Source wins yet again.
(See also VirtualBox.)

   
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:17 AM   #4
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Thanks for those links, I'll check both out before I even make my mind up if getting a Mac is the right thing to do.
I have a few applications that are Win only I need to keep, hence the intrest in Parallels to begin with.

   
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I can speak to VM Ware. I have client who switched from a Dell to a 24" iMac, but still needed some Windows-only court reporting software and wanted to keep Quicken. I installed VMWare Fusion, ran process called P2V (Physical to Virtual) to convert her running Dell c: into a virtual machine. Works great. A couple of minor issues:

Here court reporting software did not entirely cooperate with the iMac keyboard. Some function keys did not map properly. Fixed that by connecting a regular Windows-machine keyboard. CD burning does not work reliably. She compensates by dragging the files to the Mac Desktop and burning from there. Virtualbox may work as well. Probably depends on the performance you expect. Fusion (and I suspect Parallels) has special drivers to achieve respectable video performance.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:39 AM   #6
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This isn't software I use a lot, but would miss if I were to go the Mac way.

Which is not so much a cost issue as a value for money one. Here in the UK Macs aren't competitively priced and I could get Windoes laptop with similar spec for rather a lot less. Having said that - I do like the screen on the new MacBook Pro a lot but that alone is not enough.

   
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