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Ndynslvr
Aug 9, 2012, 10:42 AM
I will be learning how to program through linux and I was wondering if Parallels would be a good virtualization software to shell out money for or if I only need virtual box.



chown33
Aug 9, 2012, 11:08 AM
Try the free one first. See if you like how it works. If you don't like it or can't get it working, try something else.

That may sound obvious or trivial, but since they're all capable of virtualizing Linux, it's going to be other factors that ultimately influence your decision (such as price or ease of use). Since we don't know which factors you value most, nor what level of experience you have, you'll have to make the choice yourself, based on the factors you value.

Either that or you have to post a prioritized list of all the factors you value, assigning each a weight or cost, and describe your level of experience in installing non-trivial software like virtualizers and Linux systems.

mslide
Aug 9, 2012, 01:05 PM
VirtualBox is more than good enough for that purpose. I use that for all my virtualization needs.

garbeth
Aug 9, 2012, 01:32 PM
I've been running Parallels for several years now and love it. Admittedly I use it to run Windows but love the dual functionality it provides me.

Mac_Max
Aug 9, 2012, 03:05 PM
I'm not a huge fan of Parallels as a company. I had Parallels 3.0 and the upgrade to 10.6 killed my software. Now they claimed 3.0 and OS X 10.6 were incompatible, but this didn't manifest itself in the "the software will crash occasionally" sort of way, or X feature doesn't work. Instead they wouldn't even let you run the software. When they decide your software needs to be upgraded, you get a lovely dialog saying "This version of the OS isn't compatible, yatta yatta." Their official fix was shelling out $X0 for Parallels 4.0.

And it looks like things haven't changed...
http://kb.parallels.com/111578
http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=261489
http://www.selikoff.net/2012/07/25/os-x-mountain-lion-kills-parallels-6/

As a result, I'd suggest using VirtualBox. Its been great for me and they don't hold your VMs hostage. I use it for quick spots of Windows dev where I don't want to reboot.

Ndynslvr
Aug 9, 2012, 05:10 PM
I'm not a huge fan of Parallels as a company. I had Parallels 3.0 and the upgrade to 10.6 killed my software. Now they claimed 3.0 and OS X 10.6 were incompatible, but this didn't manifest itself in the "the software will crash occasionally" sort of way, or X feature doesn't work. Instead they wouldn't even let you run the software. When they decide your software needs to be upgraded, you get a lovely dialog saying "This version of the OS isn't compatible, yatta yatta." Their official fix was shelling out $X0 for Parallels 4.0.

And it looks like things haven't changed...
http://kb.parallels.com/111578
http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.php?t=261489
http://www.selikoff.net/2012/07/25/os-x-mountain-lion-kills-parallels-6/

As a result, I'd suggest using VirtualBox. Its been great for me and they don't hold your VMs hostage. I use it for quick sports of Windows dev where I don't want to reboot.


Thanks for letting me know about this, I shall consider it.

Cromulent
Aug 10, 2012, 03:44 PM
I will be learning how to program through linux and I was wondering if Parallels would be a good virtualization software to shell out money for or if I only need virtual box.

Use Virtualbox. It is open source and does pretty much everything that Parallels does. The performance when running Linux is fine.

charlieegan3
Aug 10, 2012, 03:55 PM
Only worth it in a bargain deal...

HE15MAN
Aug 10, 2012, 03:58 PM
Virtual box works great

elefantrider
Aug 10, 2012, 04:02 PM
Virtualbox working great, easy to use and free!

Ndynslvr
Aug 10, 2012, 11:06 PM
Only worth it in a bargain deal...

When do they commonly have those?

charlieegan3
Aug 11, 2012, 02:49 AM
When do they commonly have those?

Its often included in multibuy deals from various places. If it's in a macupdate deal then it normally features on this site. But there are other deals available, just have to look around. my guess they crop up about 2/3 times per year.