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I've seen Parallels running Windows and it's pretty darn good.

But before I go and spend over $100 dollars, are there any free VM apps on the Mac that are up to speed?

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VirtualBox is free and does a great job.

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I second this, I have had only minor problems with VirtualBox. –  ta.speot.is Jan 15 '10 at 0:36
I third this, the only problem that I've had is windbg integration for kernel debugging windows device drivers. I do all my personal PC development on a mac w/VMware. VMware is cheap for students . . . about $40.00 US or so. –  TheEruditeTroglodyte Jan 15 '10 at 4:56
I 14th this. However, I think the VirtualBox sharing (host to guest) is problematic. I usually use Windows sharing on my OSX host. –  Yar Jan 29 '10 at 10:53
For as much as everyone on the internet bashes on it, virtualbox is surprisingly well done, all in all. I had a couple of Virtual Box Machines (images) that I migrated onto my new XenServer an they ran flawlessly right out of the box. –  hwshadow Sep 18 '13 at 1:47

VirualBox does have an OS X port for Intel Macs, an it is free! I use it on Linux, pretty solid. I don't think it is compatible with VMWare images, but I could be am wrong. It IS!

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actually, it is compatible with VMWare images; see my answer :) –  squircle Jun 22 '10 at 22:59

I'll fourth using VirtualBox on an Intel MacBook, it's been great running images of all types. The updates and features they've released in the last year is impressive.

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