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Parallels releases Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X Beta 6

Parallels is proud to release the Beta6 version of Parallels Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X! Thanks to our 100,000+ Beta testers and millions of supporters worldwide, we were able to fix several Beta issues and produce an even higher-performing, more stable version of the industry's first virtualization solution for Intel-Powered Macs!

Improvements and Fixes in Beta6:

  • USB fixes (more devices supported: PDA, scanner, etc.)
  • Shared Folders fixes (added support for guest Windows 2000)
  • Network improvements: host-only networking
  • Custom video resolutions support added
  • Image Tool introduced
  • Autoupdate introduced
  • Kernel panic in virtual memory manager fixed
  • Shutdown in fullscreen mode hang fixed
  • Virtual disk sync() problem with Linux guests fixed

Key Features in Workstation 2.1 for Mac OS X Beta6

  • Broad OS Support:
    Use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside Mac OS X.
  • Great Performance:
    Driven by full support for dual-core processors and Intel Virtualization Technology (included in almost every new Intel-powered Mac), virtual machines created using Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta offer near-native performance and rock-solid stability.
  • Unmatched Ease of Use:
    Download the program and install it with a single click. Build a virtual machine in seconds using helpful wizards. Configure virtual machines using a simple web-inspired interface.
  • Works on any Intel-powered Mac:
    Any Intel Powered Macintosh running OS X 10.4.4 or higher is compatible with Parallels Workstation 2.1.

Known Issues:

  • Some USB devices may not work
  • Network doesn't work in Linux guests if bridged to WiFi
  • Resume doesn't work correctly if suspend was made while playing audio inside guest
  • Fullscreen may not work for some custom resolutions
Published Monday, May 01, 2006 6:23 AM by David Marshall
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