I recently bought Parallels at the recommendation of someone in a tech store (an employee). It runs really well, but I'm wondering If I made the right choice. So, what do you think; Parallels or VMware?
Answer by GavinRoskamp · Aug 17, 2010 at 03:11 AM
I use VMWare Fusion on my Mac, but it isn't anything too exciting. Just another virtualization program. It does allow you to run Windows apps on your Mac without the whole Windows desktop (it just hides the desktop after booting up), so that's a plus. I don't have any virtual machines in it at the moment though, since I have a relatively tiny hard drive on my Mac mini.
Personally, I'd recommend Wine. It's a compatibility layer that lets you run .exe files on your Mac natively. It does require a bit of terminal knowledge, and can be a bit tricky, and doesn't always support all the programs you'd want to use, but it gets the job done pretty well. If you wanna know how to get it installed on your Intel-based Mac, check out this article (and no, I don't get payed for you using that link).
Answer by edgy · Aug 16, 2010 at 05:40 PM
I've never had a Mac so I can't really give you much advice. I started out with Windows Virtual PC and then moved to VirtualBox.
I've never tried either of the emulation programs you need advice on but if they do have trials, check them out. See which one fits best for what you want to use them for.
Answer by Outleradam · Aug 17, 2010 at 09:41 AM
Why someone would take a concept which incorporates cross platform mobility and reduce it's functionality is beyond me. Paralells is only for Mac. This is not a virtual machine option which should even be considered
Answer by techhelp101 · Sep 05, 2010 at 04:41 PM
I know I was the one who asked this question, so I really shouldn't give an answer, but I e-mailed Chris asking him:
"Hey Chris, I've noticed a few videos that you've previously done where you recommend buying VM Ware Fusion as opposed to Parallel's. I don't understand the benefits of each specific system, and I looked for a previous video comparing them, but the latest of those was in 2008. Could you please explain the pros and cons of each and why you like VMware better? From, Daniel Johnston"
And he responded:
"http://go.tagjag.com/vmware - faster. :)"
Right now VMware has a deal where if you order the 3.1 version of their service as a previous Parallels or VMware Fusion user, you get it for only $9.99 as opposed to about $60, so I've ordered it and I'll be able to see firsthand which works better; at least for my needs.