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Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac Discussion of Classic or running Windows, Linux and other OSes on the Mac.

VMware Fusion vs VirtualBox vs Darwine vs Boot Camp vs Parallels vs CrossOver Mac

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I have written a small piece on my blog about the solutions to run
Windows software through virtualization and emulation on X86 Mac.

Here is the link:

a snip of the post:

A good friend ask me a couple days back what I thought was the best
solution when it comes to running Windows applications on his new X86
Mac. The first thing I ask him was, is there a equivalent native
application that will do the job for you? As I have always believed
native applications and games are always the best solution in the end.
His reply was ummm... no not really, so I thought I would dig around
and see what solutions were available at this time to run Windows
applications on a x86 Mac.

In my opinion the best virtualization solution would be xen but if you
read the EULA in OS X it forbids virtualization. So until the fine
folks at Apple Inc change there minds about virtualization xen is
going to be out of the question.
But this solution isnt without its problems, there would still be the
intigration problems and you would require a windows license.

If your looking at a pure emulation solution there is only Wine and
CrossOver Mac, Wine is free and open source but what its not is user
friendly! In my opinion CrossOver is a good choice if it supports the
applications or games that you use on a daily basis. This does not
have to mean official support from CodeWeavers, as there are a large
number of unsupported applications and games that work at this time
but there not officially supported, in the end it comes down to does
CrossOver run the applications and games that I have and need? And the
best thing about going with a CrossOver solution is your not sending a
single cent to sunny Redmond and your helping fund further Wine

Parallels could be classified as something of a hybrid solution as
they use Wine libs for there 3D acceleration.


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besides licensing, there's also the minor issue that xen - while absolutely great for its intended purpose - doesn't run on OSX.

it runs on the BSDs, Linux and Solaris (used as a host). you can run OSX VMs in Xen, though.
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