View Poll Results: Preferred virtual machine?

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  • Virtual PC

    3 75.00%
  • Parallels

    0 0%
  • WMware

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    Default Virtual machine poll.

    Take into consideration the features, power, efficiency, use of hardware VT, etc.

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    the only one i've seen and sorta know a little about is virtual pc....so my vote goes there.


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    virtual pc, same reason as above ^ the only thing I know about laul
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    VMware. Virtual PC doesn't really match up to the other two imo.

    Parallels seems to be pulling ahead in terms of consumer features (heard they were actually getting Direct3D and OpenGL running O_O ), but their hardware support seems to be behind VMware. They do seem to be primarily Mac, I guess.

    VMware supports some 64 bit, where as (I believe) parallels does not. That pretty much kills if I'm a decent programmer and trying to write a modern application for 64 bit processors and parallels won't let me uses XP x64 or Vista 64 in true 64 bit mode.

    VMware has been around a while, so I'd trust it more if I wanted to run something old as well. Boot an old DOS VM, or Win 98... maybe play with OS/2. They've done it, it works, they've moved on. They can fully afford to focus primarily on emulating (maybe optimizing would be a better word) the newest OS's, whereas I'm not so certain Parallels can make the same claim.

    If all you want to do is play around with XP or Vista from a Mac or Linux, I guess Parallels would be the better choice. Running out of Windows or doing something more professional with Windows VMs, I'd say VMware. VMware can be run server-side too. Really, they seem to be marketed quite different.

    For me though... I'd rather multiboot. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvogga View Post
    For me though... I'd rather multiboot. :P
    Well when you get a more powerful PC and that you can switch between operating systems like switching across open windows, you will understand the beauty of virtual machines.

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    I occasionally run win2k on linux using QEMU, just to check formatting of documents in MS Word or Powerpoint. Slow, but it works fine and it's free and open source. It runs on multiple platforms and can emulate multiple platforms aside from virtualizing x86.

    Virtualbox is also free and has a decent interface, but it kept crashing on me so I went back to QEMU.

 

 

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