Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Feb 2008 22:32 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, will announce on Feb. 6 that it's making Parallels Workstation for Linux available to users through the Ubuntu Partner Repository. Parallels, formerly SWSoft, the company behind the open-source virtualization program OpenVZ, is best known for its Parallels virtualization software that works with Mac OS X. Parallels Workstation for Linux won't let you run Mac OS X, but it will enable you to run multiple versions of Windows or Linux with Ubuntu.
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VirtualBox
by jasutton on Wed 6th Feb 2008 03:07 UTC
jasutton
Member since:
2006-03-28

I'm trying to figure out what the advantage to Parallels on Linux would be over an equivalent/better open source solution, such as VirtualBox. I've seen several reviews giving it better marks for speed than both Parallels and VMWare products. VirtualBox also has the advantage of running on all three major platforms with a single user interface (naturally, since it's written using C++/Qt).

However, if you have $49.99 that's just burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to buy Parallels; I'm a college student, so I don't have that problem. ;)

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RE: VirtualBox
by camo on Wed 6th Feb 2008 03:56 in reply to "VirtualBox"
camo Member since:
2007-10-08

I'm trying to figure out what the advantage to Parallels on Linux would be over an equivalent/better open source solution, such as VirtualBox.


Commercial advantage for Canonical and Parallels.

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RE: VirtualBox
by justinbest on Wed 6th Feb 2008 06:09 in reply to "VirtualBox"
justinbest Member since:
2006-06-29

SmartSelect on Parallels Desktop for mac is amazing. It allows you to double-click on a windows-type file (say .doc or .xls) and have it open in Word for Windows, all automatically. The reverse is also true; you can open a Mac type file inside your VM and have it open in a mac program. This, to me, is worth the cost of Parallels. Of course, I'd love to have it for free, but until then, Parallels gets my $80 of hard-earned cash.

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