Aug 17

Marc Hedlund

Marc Hedlund

Why use anything else?

This (via the Daring Fireball Linked List) is exactly right on the money. Parallels is great software, enabled by a great choice on Apple's part. I have MacOS X, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, and Ubuntu running on the same machine, and I never reboot it. The speed of each OS feels about the same, which is to say plenty fast enough. I talked about Macintitis being a problem as we developed CodeZoo; now, instead, Macintitis makes platform testing better.

I don't think anyone should view Apple's switch to Intel as an Apple-specific transition. In the same way that browsers are abstracting away many of the problems of cross-platform development at the UI level, a common chip for all popular OSes is making inroads on the opposite flank.

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  Kevin Farnham [08.17.06 10:08 AM]

I went with Parallels for my daughter's MacBook (our family's first experience with a Mac). Thus far, everything's working perfectly. I think about this every time I reboot my own notebook PC to switch between Ubuntu and XP, something I tend to do several times each day...

  Aaron Kulbe [08.17.06 01:40 PM]

How funny. I was just thinking the same thing. I told a friend the other day that Windows is now just another application I run on my Mac. :)

I have 3 VMs so far, on my Macbook. Time to get a bigger hard drive. 60GB isn't enough!!

Windows XP

It all works great. That makes this Macbook the most versatile development box I've ever had. Testing is a snap.


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