Parallels releases Workstation 2.1 Beta6 for Mac OS X

Parallels has released Workstation 2.1 Beta6 for Mac OS X which offers users a number of important features, including:

• OS Support: Use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside Mac OS X.
• Performance: Driven by full support for dual-core processors and Intel Virtualization Technology (included in almost every new Intel-powered Mac), virtual machines created using Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta6 offer near-native performance and rock-solid stability.
• Ease of Use: Download the program and install it with a single click. Build a virtual machine in seconds using helpful wizards. Configure virtual machines using a simple web-inspired interface.
• Works on any Intel-powered Mac: Any Intel Powered Macintosh running OS X 10.4.4 or higher is compatible with Parallels Workstation 2.1.

Major Beta6 Fixes Include:
• USB fixes (more devices supported: PDA, scanner, etc.)
• Shared Folders fixes (added support for guest Windows 2000)
• Network improvements: host-only networking
• Custom video resolutions support added
• Image Tool introduced
• Autoupdate introduced
• Kernel panic in virtual memory manager fixed
• Shutdown in fullscreen mode hang fixed
• Virtual disk sync problem with Linux guests fixed

More info and download link (18.2MB) here.

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21 Comments

  1. Does this imply we can do more Windows than Windows users?

    Can this be done now on PC’s?

    • OS Support: Use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside Mac OS X.

    Can someone clear this up for me.

  2. Yes, NCG598, this can already be done on today’s PCs. But, the one thing today’s PCs cannot do is run OS X. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Mac VM: Are you sure a standard issue, current generation PC can run all those older versions of Windows, including 3.1? Something tells me there might be some hardware problems, and perhaps driver problems with all the older software and newer peripherals, etc… (USB comes to mind.)

    I know if you set up a ‘virtual’ machine, you can make it emulate any virtual hardware setup and have it work, thus leading to increased stablility due to ‘set’ configurations, as compared to the actual variables in real life hardware combinations… which is why VirtualPC ran Windows in a more stable environment <yeah, slower…> than typical native setups.

    But, have to agree, the MacOS X benefit is the real killer…

  4. re: huh?

    definitely there would be hardware issues running pre-win95 osr2 (man, i remember that?) with usb or agp devices. that’s why PCs still have ps/2 ports (which an IBM 286 down in my basement has…) – it’s so a brand new dual-core 3.8ghz pentium D can run lotus 1-2-3 in MS-DOS 3.3… from a floppy drive, which undoubtedly came installed with this “cutting-edge” 2006 machine. those probably both reside on an 8-bit ISA bus, too…

    mw: gave. as in, macs gave up floppies eight years ago, along with their legacy connectivity (ADB). why can’t PCs?

  5. after i wrote that post, i remembered that some BIOSes (heh) have USB legacy mode, where your USB keyboard and maybe mouse work in BIOS/DOS/Win3x. still, PCs that ship today don’t seem to come with USB keyboards and mice – still PS/2! sad that they could actually shave a bit off their production costs by getting rid of those ports and the chipset that supports it. but they just HAVE to hang on to that whole idea of “well, what if someone WANTS to run windows 3.11 on their athlon 64fx chip?”

    then again, it’s the most secure version of windows you can use today. =P

    MW: former. as in, can you tell i’m a FORMER ms user?

  6. mw: attack

    As in, I’ll attack the next person to tell me their keyword

    ..

    oah, and to stay on topic. I have used PCs for the last 15 years.. and finally, it looks like my next computer will be a Mac

  7. Seems a lot of sites are reverting to this method of annoying advertising.

    I see it like this, sites are in buisness to make money.

    If certain ads annoy you, rather than leave, just take a few corrective steps to disable them.

    This way you keep coming to MDN and view a few ads at least.

    This guy has written a short guide

    homepage.mac.com/hogfish/Personal25.html

  8. I put Windows on my Mac and then removed it. It just did not seem right to me. Windows did work find but I keep finding myself thinking about it as I was using it. Maybe I’m wack-o or just did not give myself enough time. I use Windows all the time on a cheap eMachine.

  9. Nice to see the great progress they’re making!

    Announcing their product the day after Apple announce Boot Camp seemed like just a knee jerk® but they really are committed.

    Running a virtual Windblows or Windblows apps sans Windblows is definitely the way to go versus dual booting up that shit. This can only help Leopard by the way.

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