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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 Released Reply with quote

Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0 Released
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Posted by: Glenn

Parallels today announced the availability of Parallels Desktop for Mac 4.0, a major update of their popular virtualization software for Intel-based Macs. The new version introduces over 50 features and enhancements, including the ability to run Leopard Server in a virtual machine. It also improves OS integration, performs up to 50% faster and incorporates a range of security, backup and power saving features to give Mac users a truly easy, fast and powerful desktop computing solution.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the notice of a $39.95 upgrade this morning. The old version works great for Windows; no reason for me to upgrade on that account. However, Parallels 3.0 lags behind VMware Fusion, and even the freeware VirtualBox in support for Linux, so I wondered what they are doing on that account. I posted some specific questions about this in their forums. Here are the distros/versions their respondent indicated will be supported in version 4:
CentOS 5.0 & 4.0
SUSE Enterprise Server 10 SP2 & 9 SP3
OpenSUSE 10.3 & 10.2
Red Hat 9
Red Hat Enterprise 5.0 & 4.0
Debian 4.0
Fedora Core 9, 8 & 7
Mandriva 2008 & 2007
Ubuntu 8.04 & 7.10
Xandros Business 4.0

a user added Ubuntu 8.10 and openSUSE 11 to that list.

Another new feature: shared folders, which isn't supported for Linux in version 3. But all of these distros and all of these features are supported in VirtualBox! What isn't is drag and drop of files from virtual machine to Mac and vice versa. I'm waiting to find out whether this feature is now supported in Linux. It is in VMware Fusion, but Fusion doesn't yet support some of the new distro versions (e.g., Ubuntu 8.10).

Edit: Parallels 4 doesn't add drag and drop support to OSes other than Windows.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two complaints about Parallels Desktop for Mac.

1. It doesn't feel as fast or responsive as VMware Fusion.

2. Unlike VMware, Parallels seems to be charging for major updates.

I've actually wanted to give VirtualBox a try for a while. Do you know if it supports Boot Camp partitions Fox? I already have a small one for XP that I use with Fusion.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I can't answer that question, aquaman. I've never used BootCamp so I don't have any BootCamp partitions. I did a quick search and couldn't find any postings that suggest VB can run a BootCamp partition, but several that suggest it can't.

There is some indication that Parallels 4 will be more responsive than Version 3, as the company claims to have made it more efficient in terms of CPU utilization. The new version also provides DirectX support, which may improve speed with some applications.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aquaman wrote:
2. Unlike VMware, Parallels seems to be charging for major updates.

I would love to upgrade, but I can't justify spending another $40 bucks. I also realize that Parallels is in business to make money. I just think the upgrade price should be way less. Somewhere in the range of $10 to $20.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might give Parallels 4 a go on my MacBook Pro to compare it with Fusion. I haven't looked at Parallels in well over a year. That being said, it would take a lot for me to switch from Fusion 2. Which as many of you know, was a free upgrade. It's also running beautifully.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
Sorry, I can't answer that question, aquaman. I've never used BootCamp so I don't have any BootCamp partitions. I did a quick search and couldn't find any postings that suggest VB can run a BootCamp partition, but several that suggest it can't.

I looked into VirtualBox more and that seems to be the case. I'm going to stick with Fusion. In fact, I just updated to 2.0.1 and it's running really nice. I mostly wanted to see what the fuss was about VirtualBox. And hey, it's free.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Desktop 4.0 for Mac is like man's greatest achievement.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=VPDViilXKhA

I'm still going to use Fusion though. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a funny ad; better than their other youTube infomercials.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I decided to upgrade and so far it seems better. I'm happy with Parallels and I have no reason to change. For what I need Windows for it is fine. Otherwise I'd use the PC downstairs.
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