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NewsForge: Test Drive: Parallels

Mar 01, 2006, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Parallels launched Parallels Workstation for Desktop, its first x86 virtualization software, back in September, joining VMware's proprietary Workstation and the Xen open source virtual machine applications. Parallels Workstation, which is also proprietary, offers similar features and performance to VMware Workstation, but at only $49, compared to VMware's $189 price. This month the company announced version 2.1 beta. I liked the user interface, the virtual machine wizard, and the price.

"Parallels offers its desktop product free for a 45-day trial period, so I downloaded the latest release and installed it on a Gateway MX6131 notebook running Windows XP SP2 Home with a 1.4GHz Celeron M processor and 512MB of RAM..."

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