VMWare vs. Parallels (was A business case for switching Mac

18 Feb 2009 - 4:09pm
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jet
2008

VMWare also doesn't slow down your OSX install the way Parallels does
due to how the virtual machine is implemented. I regularly develop for
linux and OSX, running linux under a VMWare partition with no hassles.
When needed, I also run a xp pro instance under VMWare, and it's also
quite peppy.

Biggest drawback (imho) is wasting all the disk and core space on
another operating system.

Alexandra O'Neal wrote:
> Our creative team likewise live in a Mac world, in a company dominated by
> PCs. The IAs have VMware to switch back & forth and use Visio. Comparing
> VMware to Parallels, one of our top IAs reports preferring Parallels because
> it feels more like you're running a Windows app in an OS X environment, so
> the switch is less jarring.
>
> Personally, I move back and forth between separate Windows & Mac
> environments, and prefer Mac for most things, but I don't think an either-or
> world is necessary. And a few years ago when I did network administration
> in a Mac + Windows + Unix environment, I did find Macs much easier to
> network and support than Windows.
>
> bests,
> Alex O'Neal
> UX manager
>
> --
> The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is
> now.
>
> Patrick wrote:
>
>>
>> I recently worked for a company that was totally committed to the PC
>> world, and the ENTIRE UX team were Macheads.
>>
>> Personally, I live in both worlds, and I don't see as much of a
>> difference between Visio and Omnigraffle, and actually have work for
>> clients stored in both formats (I run Parallels). I prefer to do work
>> on the Mac, but it's not as much as a dealbreaker for me to work in
>> Visio.
>>
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18 Feb 2009 - 4:45pm
Angel Marquez
2008

Parallels is great for running the Mac OS and a Windows OS simultaneously.
Example, when chaining audio applications you can have a PC only app open
and chained to a Mac app, with dual monitors this is great. Can this be done
with VMWare? I was dual booting with Fedora on my mac but those fine people
at the mac store put an end to that...

On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 1:09 PM, j. eric townsend <jet at flatline.net> wrote:

> VMWare also doesn't slow down your OSX install the way Parallels does due
> to how the virtual machine is implemented. I regularly develop for linux
> and OSX, running linux under a VMWare partition with no hassles. When
> needed, I also run a xp pro instance under VMWare, and it's also quite
> peppy.
>
> Biggest drawback (imho) is wasting all the disk and core space on another
> operating system.
>
> Alexandra O'Neal wrote:
>
>> Our creative team likewise live in a Mac world, in a company dominated by
>> PCs. The IAs have VMware to switch back & forth and use Visio. Comparing
>> VMware to Parallels, one of our top IAs reports preferring Parallels
>> because
>> it feels more like you're running a Windows app in an OS X environment, so
>> the switch is less jarring.
>>
>> Personally, I move back and forth between separate Windows & Mac
>> environments, and prefer Mac for most things, but I don't think an
>> either-or
>> world is necessary. And a few years ago when I did network administration
>> in a Mac + Windows + Unix environment, I did find Macs much easier to
>> network and support than Windows.
>>
>> bests,
>> Alex O'Neal
>> UX manager
>>
>> --
>> The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is
>> now.
>>
>> Patrick wrote:
>>
>>
>>> I recently worked for a company that was totally committed to the PC
>>> world, and the ENTIRE UX team were Macheads.
>>>
>>> Personally, I live in both worlds, and I don't see as much of a
>>> difference between Visio and Omnigraffle, and actually have work for
>>> clients stored in both formats (I run Parallels). I prefer to do work
>>> on the Mac, but it's not as much as a dealbreaker for me to work in
>>> Visio.
>>>
>>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
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>>
>>
>
> --
> J. Eric "jet" Townsend, CMU Master of Tangible Interaction Design '09
>
> design: www.allartburns.org; hacking: www.flatline.net; HF: KG6ZVQ
> PGP: 0xD0D8C2E8 AC9B 0A23 C61A 1B4A 27C5 F799 A681 3C11 D0D8 C2E8
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19 Feb 2009 - 7:40am
Adrian Howard
2005

On 18 Feb 2009, at 21:09, j. eric townsend wrote:

> VMWare also doesn't slow down your OSX install the way Parallels
> does due to how the virtual machine is implemented. I regularly
> develop for linux and OSX, running linux under a VMWare partition
> with no hassles. When needed, I also run a xp pro instance under
> VMWare, and it's also quite peppy.

I'd also give VirtualBox a go http://www.virtualbox.org/ - I've been
very happy using this as my XP/IE6 machine during testing.

Much snappier than Parallels - but not as feature rich as VMWare.
Can't beat the price though.

Cheers,

Adrian

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