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All posts tagged "virtualization"


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Virtual Box 3.0 Drops

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.virtualbox.org/

"VirtualBox is a powerful x86 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction. Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD."

Oh wow. Way too many updates to list on this small post, but if you'd like to see them all, check 'em out here.

Virtual Box is shaping up to be a pretty decent alternatives to more expensive options like VMWare and Parallels. Anyone using Virtual Box instead?


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

VMWare Imports Parallels Drives

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

http://blogs.vmware.com/teamfusion/...s-and-more.html

"VMware's "Team Fusion" has announced that an update for Fusion, the company's Intel virtualization solution for Mac OS X, is now available. Version 2.0.2 adds compatibility with virtual machines created in the latest versions of Parallels as well as support for the latest versions of Mac OS X and Ubuntu. Version 2.0.2 can now directly import virtual machines created with Parallels 4 and Parallels Server, a feature many users asked for at Macworld Expo '09 in January. Also, Mac OS X 10.5.6 can now be used as a host OS, and Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 can be used as a guest OS. And if you run Ubuntu, this update adds full support for Ubuntu 8.10—Intrepid Ibex—including pre-compiled VMware Tools and Linux Unity view."

Now that's a cool feature. If you feel "trapped" in Parallels (I don't; I use it by choice. Happily.) then this might be your big "out." I use VMWare at the office to support the company, but at home I still prefer Parallels. With my new MBP, and 2 gigs of my 4 gigs of RAM devoted to the VM, it feels like I'm running an actual Windows PC.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Save a Bunch on VMWare Fusion

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

http://vmware.com/vmwarestore/

"As a Mac owner, I've been relatively happy with Parallels Desktop which lets me run Windows or Linux builds within Mac OS X. It's seamless and transparent, thanks to the Coherence function that allows Windows apps to appear as if they're Mac apps on my desktop. Now that I have a shiny and peppy new MacBook thanks to a pre-Black Friday deal, I might use some of the savings for VMware Fusion."

If you've ever wanted to dabble in VMWare Fusion, now is definitely the time. Kevin at JK On The Run even found a way to bring the price down even more by using their crossgrade discount so if you're a Parallels Desktop owner, now is really the time to give VMWare a try if you were thinking about it before. I don't personally have a preference. On the rare occasions where I have a need for Windows, I use Parallels but I could just as easily see myself using VMWare Fusion, particularly at this price. The deal expires today though, so act now if you want it.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Parallels Desktop 4.0 Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/

"Already the world’s No. 1 selling Mac system utility, Parallels Desktop for Mac now has more than 1.5 million users worldwide and counting. Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac provides the complete suite of essentials to run Windows on the Mac the easy, fast and powerful way."

The one thing that has always annoyed me about Parallels is how greedy it is when you run it and the lack of performance you get when accessing the file system. According to Ars, they've made big strides in the performance area (50% is a nice number) but as with all benchmarks, I'll have to see that one to believe it. I'm probably going to spring for this upgrade, though. As little as I actually use Parallels, it's very handy to have around. Any of you folks out there have it yet? If so what do you think?


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