Virtue for Parallels Workstation offers 3-D cube OS switching for Apple Macs

“A slick new switching solution allows users to easily move between operating systems when using Parallels Workstation 2.1, a virtualization software for Intel-based Macs that allows users to run Windows without having to restart their machines. Virtue is an open-source application offering the ability to switch between operating systems using a cube-like interface. The developer of Virtue has stepped forward, offering Parallels the option of incorporating his code into its virtualization software,” MacNN reports.

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  1. It’s hard to tell if this is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. The virtualization software I saw at LinuxWorld used a Tabbed Browser paradigm that allowed near-instant switching – considerably faster than OS X’s Fast User Switching. That would be the “Bad”. The “Good” is that the Cube paradigm wastes less real estate on the borders and tabs associated with the Tabbed Browser – you get a slightly larger available work space.

  2. Andrew!
    “On large screens you just keep ‘doze in a window.”?

    Just because you CAN do it does not mean that it’s a wise thing to do! Leaving Windows running virtualized on a net-connected Mac leaves the Mac nearly as vulnerable as a Windows machine running the same OS. Give it an hour or two – if behind a consumer-grade firewall, less than half an hour if not – and it will be hosting a ‘bot or two, maybe a zombie or a back door. Do you leave your keys in your car when you run into the store to buy something?

  3. “Of course Apple is going to offer this in Lepoard and then of course there are going to be some lawsuits.”

    Why? Just because Apple hasn’t announced something like this, don’t think for a second they haven’t been working on it for a long time. This isn’t some revoultionary thing, everyone who knows the Mac has been talking about it since the Intel announcement. A lawsuit would hardly be valid unless Apple stole their source code.

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