Parallels Desktop for Mac Update RC Wins MacWorld Expo 2007 “Best in Show”

RENTON, Wash. – January 10th, 2007 – Parallels announced today that its Update Release Candidate (RC) for the Parallels Desktop for Mac, released today, has been named “Best in Show” at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The “Best in Show” award is presented to the most elite of the several thousand products and services on display at the annual MacWorld Expo and Conference.

Congratulations! :)

Praise Be Parallels Desktop's Performance

I mean, what else can I say? If you watch the attached video, you’ll see what I mean.

  • Mac OS X 10.4.8, Parallels Desktop
  • Windows XP, Internet Explorer 7
  • Fedora Core 6, Firefox 2
  • Ubuntu 6.10 Desktop, Firefox 2

All running on my usual 2GHz Core Duo MacBook with 2 GB RAM (512MB/VM).

Performance is awesome. The video is in real time and the only reason the VMs were set to 800×600 was to try and keep the screencast relatively crisp when converted to a small FLV.

Tip: It’s in the docs and all, but it took me a while to remember how to launch multiple windows in Parallels Desktop, since it loads VMs in the same window when opening them: File menu » New Window

Screencast: Fedora Core 6 Install in Parallels Desktop

This screencast illustrates installing Fedora Core 6 Linux as a virtual machine in Parallels Desktop for Mac. It is based on the series of screenshots offered for download, along with the resulting virtual machine, in my previous post.

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Fedora Core 6 VM Image for Parallels Desktop for Mac

A comment over at OSNews mentioned someone having wished for more information than I provided in my previous post on installing Fedora Core 6 in Parallels Desktop.

So last night, thinking about how to accommodate the request, I could hardly picture more effective ways to do so than:

  • to provide a series of screenshot of the setup and install process,
  • and maybe even a ready-built VM image of the said install.

Well, you do know what’s coming right? :)
http download (15.3MB)
This package contains 67 PNG screenshots of the installation procedure. They show the complete process, from setting up the Parallels VM image to shutting down a freshly installed and updated copy of Fedora Core 6. Yes, I could have produced a screencast too, but I honestly don’t have the time these days, and someone else may do so using these very images, if so inclined. (update: I did after all)
http download (728.7MB)
This is outcome of the install process shown in the above screenshots. It is fully ready to go, as long as you already have Parallels Desktop installed (licensed or demo). I simply compressed the folder as a zip file because I was able to output a file about 60-70MB smaller than even a compressed disk image (.dmg).

Here is a SHA1SUM of the above files.

Current hosting is generously provided by the McGill Linux Users Group, so please feel free to mirror, or create a torrent, and redistribute all of the present files. Until we have a new badly needed incarnation of the McLUG web site going, you can post your mirror addresses and/or torrent file download info right here, as comments. I will compile a list and add it to this file as (and if) they become available.

The VM package includes:

  • fedora.pvs: Parallels Desktop config file
  • fedora.hdd: 8GB virtual hard disk (auto-expanding, currently using 2.24GB)
  • README.txt: helpful info, support terms (ie: zero, nada, ziltch :)
  • Fedora Core 6 Install Screenshots: bundled install screenshots
  • Fedora Mirrors.webloc: OS X bookmark for the official Fedora mirror list
  • boot.iso: fedora boot disk used in original http install process

The install was completed on a Fall 2006 Apple MacBook (Intel Core Duo, 2GHz, 2GB RAM), and was also tested on a Fall 2006 20-inch iMac (Intel Core Duo, 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM).

Once you have Parallels Desktop for Mac installed, simply double-click or open fedora.pvs to get going.

Important: The root password is changeme, and the default user is setup as tempuser, with a password of changeme also.

This virtual machine is currently configured to use 512MB RAM. The VM’s default screen resolution is set to 1024×768. You can change any and all of its settings to your heart’s contempt.

Please note that this work is provided without support, and on a “works-for-me” basis only at this time.

So there you have it. Enjoy!

Update: I found a forum thread linking to more ready-to-go GNU/Linux images for Parallels Desktop: Ubuntu, Xunbuntu, etc.

Update 2: I’ve had to update the links to the download locations above to accommodate for a new VMWare image I’m also working on. You should update your links if you pointed to the image directly on your site or other (though I’d advise to point to this very page instead, since its location will not change).

Update 3: I now also have a VMWare FC6 image for download.

Update 4: I have produced a screencast from the above series of screenshots.