Is Parallels worth it?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Ndynslvr, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    VirtualBox is more than good enough for that purpose. I use that for all my virtualization needs.
     
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    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.
     
  5. Mac_Max, Aug 9, 2012
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    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.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for letting me know about this, I shall consider it.
     
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    Use Virtualbox. It is open source and does pretty much everything that Parallels does. The performance when running Linux is fine.
     
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    Virtualbox working great, easy to use and free!
     
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When do they commonly have those?
     
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    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.
     

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