Which one Better? Parallels or vmware fus? Also got new imac 27 with no yellow tinge

neonkru

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hi! I was wondering which virtualization software is better? i've been using only pcs until now so i would like to hear some opinions on these apps. i'm not gaming in vm windows just some apps i need. i will be installing win xp in bootcamp so if i want to play i will just boot xp.

i got new imac 27 base model core 2 duo, week 48, no yellow tinge at least for now. i have perfect whites and grey bars. i will come back later and report if some issues appear like screenflicker.

EDIT: which driver or software should i use to read ntfs external usb hardrive? thank you
 

Badger^2

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they are both about the same

If you ask 100 people, 50 will say Fusion and 50 will say Parallels ±5 people

Fusion is usually the cheapest when on sale.
 
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Shivetya

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OK, where is the best place to buy either?


Edit: Amazon has it for $57 and there is a $20 rebate in the box supposedly
 
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JonnyBravo

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I think if you buy it from Amazon at that price, you're not eligible for the $20 rebate. Its ok though...I'd rather buy it at that price and skip the whole rebate process if you can since you get your savings instantly.

Neonkru...I've got Parallels. Really haven't fully used it cause I'm waiting for Win7 to be supported by Bootcamp prior to the end of the year. I would do a complete virtualization via Parallels but wanted to keep the Win7 partition intact and boot directly when needed. So far what I've seen, its pretty nifty.
 
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dbmnk

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you can also use the absolutely free/gratis Virtual Box from Sun. Very stable and fast, and will suffice for most people.
 
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belvdr

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you can also use the absolutely free/gratis Virtual Box from Sun. Very stable and fast, and will suffice for most people.
I used VirtualBox for a long while until some of my ISOs wouldn't load. Granted, these ISOs are very restricted, so I doubt many users would see the issues I did. I'd recommend VirtualBox to almost anyone.
 
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gjw4u

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OP, why not download the available free trial versions of Parallels & Fusion, and see which SW works better for you.
 
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RealEvil

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The only advice I can offer is that in the Business World VMWare is much more common, so you may not need to convert VMs other people give to you. I am a MS developer and if you want to run 64Bit Windows in a VM everyone uses VMWare.
 
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