April 6th, 2006 by Keith

Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta – Virtualization Machine for Intel-powered Macs

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Windows


Not long since I got to know about Apple coming up with Boot Camp Public Beta release, Parallels has launched also a Beta software program that allows multiple operating systems (OS) to run on top of Mac OS X, known as Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta. It is known to be the first virtualisation solution designed to work with Intel-powered Apple computers.

Unlike Boot Camp, Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta for Mac OS X is NOT a “dual-boot” solution, instead it provides a platform in the Mac OS X environment for installing other Operating Systems, such as Linux and Windows, on top of it. This allows users to enjoy the comfort of running Mac OS X desktop, yet at the same time experience the power of Linux and Windows.

Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta for Mac OS X is currently available FREE for download [17.5MB]. A valid activation key is required to activate the software. However, the activation key is only a 30-day trial key. The registered licensed software itself costs $49.99.

OS Softwares supported:

    • Any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003),
      Any Linux distribution,
      or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside Mac OS X.

Try it out now. Click on the image at the top to enlarge it.

3 Responses to “Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta – Virtualization Machine for Intel-powered Macs”

  1. Meow Says:

    wow nice find keith! @@!!
    but i cant try it…. it needs OS X.4… but i’m still on OS X.3 >_>;;

  2. Keith Says:

    Well, perhaps it is almost time that you start thinking of upgrading. I refer a site for you here. You can see the screen shots of Parallels running several Operating systems at the same time.

  3. Parallels Desktop for Mac Beta » SoftSift Says:

    [...] Similar to Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta, Parallels Desktop for Mac is the first solution that gives Apple users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro. Unlike dual-boot solutions, this application allows users to run important Windows programs, such as Outlook, Access and Internet Explorer without having to sacrifice the usability and functionality of the Mac OS X machine. [...]

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