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    Default More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    As long as we're off on the PC laptop search, for the Mac community here, which are you running / like better? Which PC OS are you running?

    I'm content with Fusion 2/XP Pro. Finally upgraded to Snow Leopard. It's doing everything I need it to. At some point Win 7 and related upgrade on the virtual machine will be next. I run a bunch of cycling-specific apps on the PC and pretty much stay on the Mac side for everything else.

    Thanks for sharing your experience and opinions.
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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    I prefer Parallels to Fusion, but find that partitioning the hard drive and using Boot Camp to install/run the Windows of your choice yields better performance results that either Parallels or Fusion.
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    VirtualBox

    1) It's free
    2) I switched from Parallels and don't miss much about it
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    I'm running Parallels 5 on a 10.5 host OS. Eventually will update the host to 10.6.

    For the virtual machine I'm running XP Pro SP3. Will skip Vista and at some point will create a Win7 virtual machine.

    The main application I run is WKO+. Also some CD ripping and tagging utilities. So far, not problems at all.
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    running fusion and xp. mostly for vpn action.

    for anyone who uses a vpn, running it in a virtual machine means your primary OS does not have to be tied up. its very nice.
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    I got a Mac so as not to have to mess with a PC. I don't want to tie up part of my Mac with a PC OS, and I don't really understand the limits of PC viruses on a partitioned machines, so I'd rather not mess with it. I still have a PC laptop I occasionally pull out when I need to run one of the (very few) apps I don't have on my Mac. That's happening less and less.

    -Ray
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    I always liked the interface of Parallels better when I demoed them but anecdotally I hear VMWare Fusion is more stable.
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    Thanks. I move things back and forth between the 'two sides' so boot camp has lacked appeal due to that. Hadn't heard of Virtual Box before, will check it out.

    My primary PC use is for WKO+ and other related apps. Also for the times we need to confirm a file made on the Mac will indeed work as planned on a PC. Do run an accounting ap on a PC, would be nice to pull that into the virtual install. Though it's a bit of a hog on space and running overhead.

    Went from VirtualPC way back (which drove me to getting a PC as it was so slow), early Parallels but found Fusion to be a better player at the time I went back to a single laptop. Was curious as it seems Parallels may have the edge again. Fusion 3.0 was a bumpy release and I've been happy enough with 2.x. Stable, finds printers, devices, drags between mac/pc easily. At some point this year, I'll go from XP Pro to Win 7 and was curious if there was a compelling reason to go back to Parallels again.

    Thanks for the input so far. Great to hear what your experiences have been.
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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    WSJ fellow named Mossberg had a good writeup this week. Parrallel (latest versiono got the nod. If it is a power hog application he recommends Bootcamp.
     

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    There is no reason not to use VirtualBox as velobran said, its free and it works perfectly.

    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtu...-56127-OSX.dmg

    -Joe

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    Default Re: More OT PC / Mac: Fusion 3 or Parallels 5

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyChix View Post
    Thanks. I move things back and forth between the 'two sides' so boot camp has lacked appeal due to that.
    You can do that with Boot Camp: the Windows partition on the HD shows as a distinct drive on the desktop.
     

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