Parallels or VMware...?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by fab5freddy, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

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    I would like to run Tiger and Leopard & Linux on my Macbook Pro,
    and am deciding whether to use Parallels or VMware, something else....?

    maybe even just make 3 different partitions for each OS..?

    anyone have advice on the pros and cons ?

    thanks !
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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  3. hodgjy macrumors 6502

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    This thread might get some more action in the "Windows on the Mac" forum.

    Anyway, here's my 2 cents. YMMV.

    I think you should have 2 partition, one for Tiger and one for Leopard. I'm not a fan of bootcamp at all. Of course, I don't play games so I don't need all the extra horsepower that comes from running Windows natively. I use VMware. There is a big debate on whether VMware or Parallels is better. I started on Parallels, but it gave me too many kernel panics for me to tolerate it. I tried the demo of VMware and used their converter to make my Parallels virtual machine into a VMware machine. That worked flawlessly and I've not had a kernel panic since. The reason I don't like bootcamp is because I can't contain and "protect" Windows, per se. I like to have Windows contained within a virtual system. I make backup copies of this system on my external drive. That way, once Windows gets junked up over time, I can delete the virtual machine and then quickly copy the backed up fresh one and then I have a nice, fast, and non-junked Windows. It makes it much easier to deal with all the malware out there.

    YMMV.

    EDIT: I are dumb. I just realized you were asking about Linux. That's a lot different than Windows. I'm not sure if you can have a Linux partition on a Mac. This is outside my expertise. I have experimented with Linux within Parallels (not VMware), and I wasn't all that overly impressed. I do know that you can download pre-made Linux systems (called "appliances") for free from VMware and you'll be up and running Linux in no time.
     
  4. Spievy macrumors regular

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    I use VMWare Fusion, I really like it, and have had no problems what so ever.
     
  5. Steel Wheels macrumors member

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    VMWare Fusion. Overall, it just feels better on OS X.
     
  6. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I've used both and i defo prefer VMWare its faster and 'smoother' overall....for me anyway
     
  7. jhande macrumors 6502

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    Fusion. Solid and doesn't suffer from featuritis, which Parallels does.
     
  8. nikopolidis macrumors regular

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    Parallels Desktop. Many reasons (IMHO):
    - easy to run, easy to use
    - nice interface, excellent usability
    - fast, reliable, convenient
    - nice user support and feedback, good and attractive offers
    - nice gaming
    - have no issues
    - everything for people! :)
     
  9. JSpence macrumors regular

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    VMWare. Tried both, stuck with Fusion. It runs smoother, and easier to start. IMHO. Everyone has one though.
    (opinion)
     
  10. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    My vote goes to Parallels. I've been running Parallels since it was introduced without any problems. I tried Fusion, but can't keep it running 24/7 for more than a few days before it brings my system (1st gen Mac Pro) down with a hard crash where I need to force shut down.
     

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