Windows Virtualization: Parallels or VMware Fusion?

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Parallels or VMware?

  1. Parallels

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  2. VMware

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  1. mclaurin10

    mclaurin10 New Member

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    Im looking for windows emulation after deciding that I couldnt handle boot camp any more, the lag scrolling, no gestures, no expose, no spaces, shutting down and starting up every time I need to do new work.. etc..

    Well I geuss Im asking which is better, I just watched these TUAW interviews with the CEO's of both companies and they both sound intriguing.

    Parallels Interview

    VMware interview

    Anyway, besides that, can virtual machines get viruses?
  2. Teslanaut

    Teslanaut Well-Known Member

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    Of course Virtual Machines can get Viruses. Its running Windows after all. But it won't affect your Mac in any way. Since its all on that little Virtual Computer.

    I'd go VMWare Fusion.
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    I use Virtualbox on my Ubuntu box.

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  4. lszanto

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    Yeah, i'd recommend VirtualBox, its open source and runs all my virtual machines very smoothly. I've never tried Parallels or VMWare, and what Teslanaut said is spot on about viruses.
  5. angusg

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    I use VMWare Fusion Not sure if Parallels offer these but here's what I love about VMWare...

    Quick Setup - Enter the product code and other basic info and the machine builds itself without prompting for more info
    Unity - Software appears as though it's running under OS X
    Networking - I love the different networking modes for my virtual machines... I'm studying Microsoft Certifications atm, and I run my VM's in Host Only mode which isolates them from the rest of my network.. It allows me to play around with DNS, DHCP and other services with assurance that that's happening is coming from my virtual servers and not my router or other PCs on my network..
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    jpga13 Banned

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    Vmware Fusion although Parallels has gotten better

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