“Boot Camp forces you to reboot to get Windows on your Mac. When you want to switch over to Windows, you need to restart and hold down the option key to select your Windows partition as the startup disk. Imagine, if you will, a machine that allows you switch back and forth between Mac OS X and Windows without the hassle of rebooting? That’s what a company called Parallels says can be yours. The Herndon (Va.)-based outfit launched a new software product for Beta testing a day after Boot Camp’s release. Yes, it’s an emulator. But it’s a little different from versions like VirtualPC. It’s called Parallels Workstation, and a trial version is available for the Mac,” Arik Hesseldahl writes for BusinessWeek. “Let’s say you’re a Mac user who happens to need regular access to various versions of Windows — and maybe IBM’s (IBM) old operating system OS/2, or Red Hat Linux. Apple’s machines use some pretty powerful Intel chips that have some cool computing tricks baked in. One of those is virtualization, which allows a computer to run more than one operating system at once, rather than one at a time.”
“Emulation on the old PowerPC-based Macs was often painfully slow, because it required emulating an x86 chip like those from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). You can’t do that and expect comparable performance. But now that Macs run some of the best chips Intel has to offer, the arduous task of creating a simulated x86 computing environment is no longer a problem. Throw in virtualization, and you can set up a situation where you have two displays, one running Mac OS X, and one running Windows XP, or Windows 95 or Red Hat Linux, or whatever you need. And when you want to step out of the emulated environment back to the Mac, you can put it on pause so it doesn’t slow anything else down,” Hesseldahl writes.
“Parallels promises to run almost every version of Windows you’ve ever heard of, plus MS-DOS — but also several versions of Linux, including Red Hat, SUSE, Fedora and Mandriva, FreeBSD, Sun Microsystems’ Solaris 9 and 10, and even OS/2, and its successor eComStation. If you’re inclined to switch to a Mac but you’ve had reticence about abandoning applications that only work in Windows (or whatever platform you’re accustomed to), take heart. The dawn of era of the multi-personality Mac is upon us,” Hesseldahl writes.
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