VirtualBox vs. Parallels


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James

Posted: 3/20/2013
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VirtualBox does so much more than Parallels. Not to mention... it's free!!!

Also you can copy your VirtualBox image to a thumbdrive and run it from any computer PC/Linux or Mac.

You can even get VirtualBox Portable that runs right from the thumbdrive. It's work. I've tested it.

My desktop runs apps from Pc/Mac/Linx/Android seemlessly.

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VBox_vs_Others

Parallels Desktop for Mac OS X = $79.99

VirtualBlox = Free

VirtualBox is the winner!!!
 
John

Posted: 3/29/2013
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Ok, am installing all the windows versions on my Mac, but can't seem to operate 'seamless' mode, any tips (option is greyed out, host OS is OSX)?

Gonna run some comparisons once up and properly updated etc (have a PC too of course, will do the reverse once I got this all up and running and do some more tests - of course my PC is WAY faster than my Mac due to costs... (sorry Mac types, but totally true).

It all seems to run ok, it's just having a little confusion about 'seamless' at the minute (oh, and copy and paste between OS's doesn't work despite the option being on).

So far, Parallels is actually easier to use (all obvious stuff), but nothing that would justify a price tag compared to free of course... and once I get it seamlessly integrated.... :-)

Will let u know....
 
John

Posted: 3/29/2013
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Sodding Windows updates take forever......! :-/
 
James

Posted: 3/29/2013
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This might make you happy. 8-)





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Dawda

Posted: 4/6/2013
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Everyone in here is so busy arguing about what is best today based on THAT list. Have you ever thought about looking at other sources? I have used them both and Parallels is currently way superior.

I mean the real Parallels not the made up program with the same name that is written about in this list.

Parallels can treat any of the connected devices as native ones..

I think you people need to stop with the arguing and insults and start comparing yourself.

Go and download the free VirtualBox and the the trial of Parallels Desktop and try it out.
 
User

Posted: 11/9/2013
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Whatever Virtualbox does it does it slowly: http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/benchmarking-parallels-fusion-and-virtualbox-against-boot-camp

 
no free lunch

Posted: 11/11/2013
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Quote User:

vbox looks like crap for real work

...and you get what you pay for.

 
PC User

Posted: 11/12/2013
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Quote no free lunch:

Quote User:

vbox looks like crap for real work

...and you get what you pay for.



It's just a Mac thing. Virtual box flies on my Quadcore.

Sorry that Mac let you down again...

 
Use Parallels, be happy

Posted: 11/14/2013
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Oracle's VirtualBox has lots of serious bugs - https://www.virtualbox.org/report/1

Folks, you get what you pay for. Parallels is proven, supported, and is #1 in the category. Just adminit it, use it, and be happy!
 
MDC

Posted: 11/22/2013
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I'm working with VirtualBox, last version. With Windoze 7.1 x64 Prof.

Artisteer is working fine

(assigned Ram: 3)

It's stable
 
kostisgrde

Posted: 1/3/2014
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virtualbox is very good for a free software. but it doesn't compete with parallels. I have an iMac on my office and a pc running linux and windows on home.
after reading this topic, I format my pc and installed linux so that I can run windows from virtual box since i bearly use windows and I thought if virtual box does all those things and even more than parallels then this is the best way to go.
well.... virtual box not only doesn't do more than parallels but it doesn't even do the things that parallels can do.

first of all, I installed virtual box with windows and i couldn't share folders from windows to linux. to actually share files between linux and windows on virtual box is a very complex procedure. btw from mac running windows with parallels everything and i mean everything can be read and sheared between the two os.

another thing is that i couldn't play games from windows-virtualbox coz virtual box can't see the graphic card on my pc. neither any of my hardware.
btw parallels run that game from windows on my iMac with no problem. since it can see and recognize all of my software.

another thing is that from linux when you open virtual box its like opening a pc running windows. it has to boot. then i have a full screen windows emulator. from parallels you have the option to open windows programs and folders and pretty much you can access everything on your windows virtual directly from osx. and when you open a program, lets say for example i open corel, its opening like an osx window, i don't have a freaky full-size windows emulator.

so, basicly format my pc like an idiot because i believed all the lies in this topic. I love mac computers as much as i love pc. there are things better on macs and things better on pcs. but all you apple haters just lie about everything so that you can prove that apple sucks. wtf??? if you haven't ever experience the sweet of parallels then don't say virtual box is better.
yes it is pretty cool but you are better off with a dual boot linux and windows. its pretty much the same. sorry for my bad english. i don't speak them very well.
 
*x User

Posted: 1/26/2014
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Quote kostisgrde:

virtualbox is very good for a free software. but it doesn't compete with parallels. I have an iMac on my office and a pc running linux and windows on home.
after reading this topic, I format my pc and installed linux so that I can run windows from virtual box since i bearly use windows and I thought if virtual box does all those things and even more than parallels then this is the best way to go.
well.... virtual box not only doesn't do more than parallels but it doesn't even do the things that parallels can do.

first of all, I installed virtual box with windows and i couldn't share folders from windows to linux. to actually share files between linux and windows on virtual box is a very complex procedure. btw from mac running windows with parallels everything and i mean everything can be read and sheared between the two os.

another thing is that i couldn't play games from windows-virtualbox coz virtual box can't see the graphic card on my pc. neither any of my hardware.
btw parallels run that game from windows on my iMac with no problem. since it can see and recognize all of my software.

another thing is that from linux when you open virtual box its like opening a pc running windows. it has to boot. then i have a full screen windows emulator. from parallels you have the option to open windows programs and folders and pretty much you can access everything on your windows virtual directly from osx. and when you open a program, lets say for example i open corel, its opening like an osx window, i don't have a freaky full-size windows emulator.

so, basicly format my pc like an idiot because i believed all the lies in this topic. I love mac computers as much as i love pc. there are things better on macs and things better on pcs. but all you apple haters just lie about everything so that you can prove that apple sucks. wtf??? if you haven't ever experience the sweet of parallels then don't say virtual box is better.
yes it is pretty cool but you are better off with a dual boot linux and windows. its pretty much the same. sorry for my bad english. i don't speak them very well.



If you are using linux ... why would you go for any virtualization technology other than KVM which is built into the kernel??
 
parallels is nice but...

Posted: 12/4/2015
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Quote Use Parallels, be happy:

Oracle's VirtualBox has lots of serious bugs - https://www.virtualbox.org/report/1

Folks, you get what you pay for. Parallels is proven, supported, and is #1 in the category. Just adminit it, use it, and be happy!

:-)
Yes, parallels is better in some respects. Depending on WHAT you need it for. Parallels makes it very very easy to integrate with your mac. Virtualbox makes it a bit harder, but im sure it can be done. Im going with virtual box because I need to have windows, but I do NOT use windows often so I really don't need the integration that parallels provides. if I do, I will buy parallels.