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Review: Parallels Desktop for Mac
Lunapark6 reviews the Parallels Desktop for Mac product and has the following to say:

Now that Parallels Desktop for Mac has finally released a stable 1.0 version, I thought it was as good as any time to check out this very slick OS X virtualization solution for the Mac. For people who have never used or heard of the program before, Parallels allows Intel Mac owners to install and run other operating systems inside of OS X. This is a significant difference from Apple’s own Boot Camp software, which can run other operating systems only by rebooting. If you use programs often in other operating systems, rebooting will quickly become a time consuming nuisance.



Parallels Desktop for Mac has come along very nicely in only a short of amount of time. The software runs very smoothly and is priced reasonably at $79.99. Parallels has stated that in their next version, they will finally include 3d acceleration. Although the lack of 3d acceleration did not bother me, I did wish that they would have included more features for alternative operating systems like Linux. There’s no reason why “Shared Folders” could not work in Linux, but perhaps Parallels were simply devoting their resources for Windows working as smoothly as possible in their 1.0 release. Hopefully for their next version some of these features will be available for other operating systems.

Coherence mode would definitely have been the star of the show in Parallels. By enabling Coherence mode and placing the Windows Start Menu on the OS X dock, Parallels became even more convenient to use (not to mention giving off a wow factor from launching Windows programs from the OS X dock). After using Parallels for a few weeks, I find that the application is an indispensable tool for testing and using other operating systems. Not only does Parallels give OS X a more feature friendly feel, but it also makes using OS X a whole more fun to use as well.

Pro’s :

    The coherence mode, transporter, compressor and shared folders works well within Windows.
    If you have at least 1 gig of ram and an Intel Core Duo chipset then Parallels runs smoothly.
    You can install just about every operating system known to mankind within Parallels.

Con’s :

    Does not have 3d acceleration (Aero does not work in Vista nor does Beryl or Compiz work in Linux).
    Coherence, Transporter, Compressor, Shared Folders, Drag N Drop works only within Windows.
    Does not have a snapshot mode to easily revert back to an earlier installed stage (as an alternative “cloning” is available but uses more hard drive space).

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Published Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:48 AM by David Marshall
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