Parallels Desktop is Pretty Awesome


Parallels Desktop is Pretty Awesome


Running Zend Studio 5.2 in WinXP within Parallels Desktop on my 20” iMac Core Duo (1.5GB RAM).  It runs pretty nicely, and since it’s a crapshoot getting the ZDE installed on an Intel Mac, quite handy.

Parallels Desktop has gotten better since the last time I tried it.  Seems more stable, and has added some handy features, like automatically adding a network share on your OS X host to allow you to map it as a drive in Windows.  CD/DVD handling seems to work better now too, although I have only tried reading, not writing disks.

I really highly recommend an Intel Mac for anyone who’s interested in running OS X and Windows (even for midlevel gaming).  I’ve been extremely happy with this purchase.  If Xen and/or VMWare come out with host apps for their virtualization systems, it’s gonna be utterly killer.