Parallels 11 on rMB experiences

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by facrat, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. facrat macrumors member

    May 15, 2015
    Anyone taken the plunge with the just released Parallels 11 on the 12-inch rMB yet? Before I open my wallet for the annual gouge, could anyone confirm:

    1. Can VMs be made from Boot Camp partitions (unlike with Parallels 10 and rMBs due to the different SSD sector size on the rMB)?

    2. How well does it run on El Capitan?

    3. Are the promised power (+15% battery), performance (+20% speed) and boot time (+50%) gains noticeable?

    4. Windows 10 vs 8.1 experience?

    I'd also like to know whether the "developer" features now moved into a separate Pro license for $99.99/year subscription (yikes) are actually worth it, as the info about "integrated" Docker and Vagrant (which I use in Parallels 10) is very vague.
  2. dk831 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    FWIW there is a free trial available.

    I'll be testing out how well Parallels 11 works for some light tasks on the 2015 rMB tonight hopefully.
  3. facrat thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2015
    Can't try the free trial, but I've uncovered a few more tidbits of info:

    1. Features like rollback mode, nested VMs and the Vagrant provider have been moved into the new Pro version. Still waiting for Parallels to release the full list of features once in Parallels 10 but now moved to Parallels 11 Pro ...

    2. The Pro license is by subscription only, and your installation will stop working completely if the subscription ever expires (confirmed via Parallels tweet, as there's nothing about this on their site of forum).

    3. The new RAM and CPU limits on the standard version shouldn't be an issue with the rMB, but of course could bite you if you ever wanted to move it to a different machine because of the above.

    This means that if we want to e.g. use a version of Parallels with Vagrant or run an emulator we have to agree to rent this software only from now on ...

    Not liking this new business model much, tbh. Seems a bit greedy ...

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