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Vmware Workstation - Simply put, it does what I need, it works fast and I find that Snapshots are a time saver (and a God-send!). I have 2 VM's running 24x7 on my laptop, and even though I have a lot of programs open, my CPU averages around 3% on idle with it occasional touching 0%. That being said, I know a lot of people prefer and use VirtualBox. I ...


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It isn't as though you can't, It is just that they do not want you to. Apple have their EULA that states you can't install it on non Apple hardware. At the end of the day, if you turn off some of the ACPI features and add a couple of lines to a VMX file (which I probably shouldn't be going in to detail on here) you can run OSX fine within a virtual ...


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For the needs described in the article, I'd probably go with VMware Fusion. It does a really nice job of bringing Mac and Windows together, especially with the "Unity View" feature. (Granted, I haven't tried Parallels or VirtualBox, but I have the impression they're not quite as good in this.) So do evaluate it to see if it fulfills your needs well enough - ...


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Parallels has massive downsides. I would recommend Fusion (if you want to spend the money) or Virtual Box (which I haven't used but have only heard good things about). All three can do the mixing desktops thing (called Coherence Mode in Parallels and Unity View in Fusion). In practice the mode is annoying. Fusion has a great advantage in that the VMs run ...


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VirtualBox can use Parallels (.hdd) disks in simple-format without conversion. If the disk does not use the simple format, it must be converted first using the Parallels Image Tool. But I would uninstall Parallels Tools first (if you have it installed on the VM) and make a backup copy of the VM. Then create a new VirtualBox machine, matching the CPU and ...


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This appears to be a bug (reported in Google Code here and here) within Google Chrome currently, having to do with Windows using display scaling when a MacBook Retina (if you're using high-DPI modes and display scaling at 150% or higher, which is the default). Although coming at a slight compromise, you can disable display scaling for Google Chrome ...


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I was just going to comment with this, but ran out of room... USB flash drives are very poor for random access read and write unless you specifically purchase a USB flash drive for speed. You'd know if you had a 'fast' USB thumb drive since you probably would have paid two or three times more for it. This versus this. 70MB/s & 39MB/s versus 155MB/s ...


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Because they only want it running on hardware you buy from them. It's more of a legal issue with regards to licensing than a limitation issue. There are projects out there (iDeneb) that help you run a Mac OS on other hardware.


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Settings dialog->Icon Overlays->Exclude paths: Set this to e.g., C:\* Then set the include paths to the path where the working copy is, e.g. c:\users\mydocuments\myworkingcopy*


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I've had much luck with Fusion over Parallels. Across many Macs including a various desktop and laptop configurations, my company has all moved to Fusion (much needed since we have Windows users as well). Most of us have a BootCamp setup (best for TF2, Civ4 among other things) and set up other VMs to work with on external drives. Best of both worlds. I ...


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The problem is that you are putting it all within [, i.e. the test command. Moreover, your usage of grep is broken. All you need is: if prlctl list --info ubuntu-vm | grep -q "State: running"; then echo 'machine is running' else echo 'machine is not running' fi Note the usage of -q as an argument to grep. It doesn't write anything to STDOUT and ...


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To solve this, go into the VM settings, and change the CD/DVD location to IDE 0:0. Nick


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Even if cost is no issue I like Virtualbox because it's cross-platform. You can run your VM's on almost any other machine/OS, not just macs. I have a development VM that I bring with me on a usb drive together with installation files for virtualbox. I can have my personal environment up and running within minutes on almost any computer. I can't compare ...


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Having experienced the very, very slow performance of both VMware and Parallels, I'd probably go with Boot Camp. Granted, the experience isn't very seamless, you have to restart just to get into the other OS, but it offers the best performance possible. For me, speed is an important factor. I have to wait a few extra seconds for every task I do in the ...


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I'm referring to usb flash sticks in this answer since if you are okay with something larger, you could get a SATA SSD and put it into a USB3+SATA enclosure. Out of the bazillion USB flash sticks and drives, all but handful use a combination of low cost flash solution (single mlc) and a dumb controller with no cache ram. For flash technology to be more ...


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Parallels is a Virtual Machine, BootCamp allows you to run Windows directly on your hardware. Boot Camp will give you better performance. Some games run fine through parallels, others do not. http://gigaom.com/apple/hands-on-gaming-with-parallels-desktop-6/


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Instead of the addons Caleb suggested, you could fiddle with Firefox's configuration. Navigate to about:config. Use the search bar at the top of the page. layout.css.devPixelsPerPx This controls pixel scaling. Change to a higher value to enlarge everything in the Firefox window. browser.zoom.siteSpecific This turns off site specific zoom, so one zoom ...


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I don't know for Parallels specifically, but I know of at least one app that asked for access to contacts just to get the current user's first name (from the user's "Me" card). The Open Directory database (the users/groups/authentication database) had a "Full Name" field, but it wasn't broken down by first and last name, so if an app wanted to use your first ...


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Sometimes selecting "Virtual Machine - Reinstall parallels tools" helps. Had this issue with both Parallels 7 and 8 (but my VM is Windows 8).


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I use VirtualBox for school jobs, because it's free for sure but also because you have some functions like the integrated virtual machine which 'mix' the desktop of host and virtual machine.


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Ok I just sorted this out. I shut the machine, then went configure > Features > Services Then unchecked Share clipboard, then ok. Closed parallels so the machine configuration saved to disk. Opened parallels went back and re-selected Share clipboard then fired up the machine and ... ta da ... fixed. Update: Well no it wasn't fixed as the problem came ...


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I have used both windows and linux for many years. Although I do love having two systems, one for windows and one for linux this often isn't possible for people. On systems that i need to have windows on such as my gaming pc i use either VMWare or Sun VirtualBox to run a Linux virtual machine. I keep the host system on these machines as windows so that I'm ...


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Try finding out your Mac's local IP address and accessing the webpage on your VM using that address. You can find out your Mac's IP address under System Preferences, using the command ifconfig, or with some apps or Dashboard widgets (like iSlayer's iStat).


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This is what I did in Parallels Desktop 5. Open Application: Parallels Desktop Click Menu: Window/Virtual Machine List Right Click: Virtual Machine Select Pop-up Item: Configure Select Tab: Options Pick from List: Shared Applications Uncheck: Share Windows Applications with Mac OS X Optionally uncheck: Share Mac OS X applications with Windows. I tested ...


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according to roderick.triple-it.nl and virtualizationdaily.com you can use qemu to convert vmware images to parallels images. install qemu, so you have access to qemu-img binary. sudo port install qemu convert the vmdk to a raw hdd image qemu-img convert appliance-harddrive-name.vmdk -O raw appliance-harddrive-name-raw.hdd create a custom linux parallel ...


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Right-click the file, select Get Info. In the Open with section, change the default application, and optionally click Change All. More info at this tech-recipes article.


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Sounds like q is activating and deactivating the "Coherence" feature of parallels. Check the parallels preferences for a hot-key assignment. In Coherence, the desktops are merged as you describe.


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Easiest way to do it with a live system is to export it via NFS on the Linux VM and then use "Go to foder" in finder (Shift-Cmd-G) on the Mac host and enter /net/vmhost or whatever hostname your VM has. If the name does not wirk, try the IP address.


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I've never user parallels but vmware does the following even when VMs are not running: Adds the virtual network interfaces on boot runs a bridge daemon on at least one of the vmnet interfaces Runs dhcp on the vmnet interfaces Runs a nat daemon on at least one of the vmnet interfaces. These total to about 1.5 - 2mb of ram and almost no load. So, yes, ...


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VMWare all the way for one simple reason, cross platform compatibilty of virtual machines. I like to move between machines a lot and work with many OS's. The flexibility and performance of VMware's product is awesome.



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