I use VMWare on Linux, and I use Parallels on OS X. Unless VMWare has some special fancy Mac features that it doesn't have on Linux, I'd say Parallels has much better desktop integration.
I tried to set up BootCamp when I first got this machine, and it &^@^%$ didn't work. I don't think I have the right Windows media (who has Windows XP SP2 on a CD?) Parallels is very happy to run my old copy of Windows 2000.
I use Parallels for testing on Windows. I don't use it that often, but when I do it really bumps the processor and gets my MacBook Pro's fans buzzing.
I've heard that VM Ware might be less of a processor hog, and have long considered switching over to it for that reason, just haven't gotten around to it. And haven't updated to Parallels 3 either. (The update to Parallels 3 and the latest deal on VM Ware Fusion are fairly close in price.)
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault: All I've ever used is Parallels to run Windoze instances.
I've used both Parallels and BootCamp. BootCamp gives better performance and there are some games that I can only run in BootCamp (not surprising for either).
Originally posted by Bear Bibeault: There are many who say WMWare Fusion is better.
I've heard that as well, but haven't tried it - Parallels was available before VMWare, so I went with it.
Originally posted by Bear Bibeault: I'm currently trying to get an Ubuntu Server instance under Parallels and not having much luck. But I think it's more a matter of ridiculous internal networking setups rather than a Parallels issue.
Interesting. I tried to install an Ubuntu desktop on Parallels a few weeks ago, and it just hung. I did not have time to track down the problem though. Fedora Core has always installed without problems.
And then, of course, you must buy a copy of Windows to run in it (unless you already own a copy or you're thinking of Linux).
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Thank you for the links and for the correction
I am a little new to MAC (bought just last October ). Hence I am not yet really that familiar with the environment. It's frustrating not to be able to run some Windows stuffs on them. So I might give the above-mentioned a try.