Originally Posted by munson
Cool! I just ordered two new Mac Pro's for the lab at work. I'll give the beta a try for grins.
Yo Rev! Don't spend too much time on it, or you'll end up abandoning the "other" platforms.
FYI, if you plan on using any virtualization software, there are 2 choices: Parallels and VMWare Fusion. Based on all the reviews, these two are neck and neck; however, there are some differences worth knowing:
1. Parallels is much faster when running XP than on Fusion
2. Fusion is much faster when running Vista than on Parallels
3. Migrating from Parallels to Fusion is a snap
- VMWare has migration tools to take Parallels disk images to Fusion
- Currently, there is no way to go the other way (that I know of)
4. Parallels has a more diagnostic and other tools (i.e. disk image resizer)
5. Fusion is part of the VMWare suite or products, so if you are familiar with it, VM images from Fusion can be run on other VMWare instances
Both are working on server versions of their software. Parallels Server can even allow multiple instances of OS X to be run as virtual machines.
I've tried both, and I use Parallels because of the performance benefit. If all thing were equal, I would probably go to VMWare because of the compatibility with their much larger product base. But for now, I'll stick with Parallels. Both are priced at about $80, and there are usually $20 rebates that can be found. You will need your own copy of the guest operating system in order to install it -- I've installed XP, Vista, Red Hat, and Solaris 10 as VMs under both, and it's pretty slick (if you have enough disk space)