Alternatives to Parallels Desktop for all platforms with any license

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    VirtualBox

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris

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    VMware Workstation

    Discover the true power and flexibility of your desktop or laptop computer with VMware Workstation. Reduce hardware costs by 50% or...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    Docker

    Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    VMware Player

    Run and EDIT (new in version 3.0) virtual machines on your Windows or Linux PC with VMware Player. With this free desktop...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    QEMU

    QEMU (short for "Quick EMUlator") is a free and open-source hosted hypervisor that performs hardware virtualization. QEMU...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    VMware Fusion

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware...

    Commercial Mac

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    virt-manager

    The virt-manager application is a desktop user interface for managing virtual machines through libvirt. It primarily targets KVM VMs...

    Open Source Linux

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    CrossOver

    CrossOver allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer.

    Commercial Mac Linux

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    Portable Virtualbox

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate...

    Free Windows

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    MobaLiveCD

    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". ...

    Open Source Windows

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    Apache Mesos

    Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.

    Open Source Mac Linux

  • Deis icon

    Deis

    Deis is an open source PaaS that leverages Docker, CoreOS and Heroku Buildpacks to provide a private application platform that is...

    Open Source Linux

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    Boxes

    A simple GNOME 3 application to access remote or virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.

    Open Source Linux

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    JPC

    PC is the fast Java™ x86 PC emulator. Features: - 100% pure Java - Runs as an applet - Modular and customisable - ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • Fig icon

    Fig Discontinued

    Fast, isolated development environments using Docker.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Boot Camp

    Boot Camp is a utility by that assists users in installing Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or GNU/Linux operating systems on...

    Free Mac

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    bochs

    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes...

    Open Source Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

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    AQEMU

    AQEMU is GUI to QEMU and KVM emulators, written in Qt4. The program have user-friendly interface and allows to set up the majority...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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  • JavaQemu

    JavaQemu is a Graphical User Interface Front End for QEMU, written in Java.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    QEMU Manager

    Qemu Manager is an easy to use management tool for the open-source QEMU emulator. It has a wealth of features for creating, managing...

    Free Windows

  • PCE icon

    PCE

    PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators: PCE/atarist is an Atari ST emulator. It...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Porting Kit icon

    Porting Kit

    Install Windows Games in Mac OS X natively and easily and for free with Wineskin technology

    Free Mac

  • Paragon Virtualization Manager icon

    Paragon Virtualization Manager

    A powerful tool to help you easily migrate a Windows-based computer to a virtual environment (P2V) of a major virtualization software...

    Commercial Windows

  • Qtemu icon

    Qtemu

    QtEmu is a graphical user interface for QEMU.

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    FAUMachine

    FAUmachine is a virtual machine, similar in many respects to VMWare[tm], QEMU or Virtual PC[tm]. What distinguishes FAUmachine from...

    Open Source Linux

  • VMLite XP Mode icon

    VMLite XP Mode

    VMLite XP Mode offers similar functions as Microsoft Windows XP Mode, but doesn't require hardware virtualization. It allows you...

    Commercial Windows

  • Q (kju) icon

    Q (kju)

    Q is a free emulator software that runs on Mac OS X, including OS X on PowerPC. Q is Mike Kronenberg's port of the open source and...

    Open Source Mac

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    Parallels Workstation Discontinued

    + Professional-grade Virtualization for PCs: Simultaneously run a wide variety of Windows versions, Linux distributions, web stacks...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    WinOnX

    Run your Windows applications on OSX without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. ...

    Commercial Mac

  • USBFastBoot

    USBFastBoot is a small utility that helps you to quickly test your bootable USBs or disk images. It works for drives (USB, HDD and...

    Free Windows

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    GDaaS

    GDaaS is GPU Desktop-as-a-Service. A Cloud Platform that deploys powerful vGPU-accelerated cloud desktops delivering mobility and...

    Commercial Windows

Parallels Desktop Comments

RAM

Comment by User8860227
about Parallels Desktop Sep 2013

Make sure you have enough RAM before do virtualization!

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How to stop Parallels from asking you to register

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Parallels Desktop Sep 2011

I get a popup from Parallels Desktop asking me to register every time I reboot my computer, and it's annoying as hell. Here's how to disable it. http://forum.parallels.com/showpost.php?p=441726&postcount=5

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Coherence mode is awesome

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion Jul 2011

In case you don't know, "Coherence" mode is a feature in Parallel Desktops that simulates running Windows apps natively in OS X. Appearance-wise, it's sort of like Wine in Linux, except that it works with everything and it's a whole lot easier to configure.

I'll admit that I found Coherence mode to be rather trippy the first time I used it, but once you get used to seeing the Windows Task Manager pop up a few times over Finder, the whole thing is actually really, really cool.

P.S. I recommend turning off "Crystal Mode", which shares your Windows apps with your Mac while you're running Coherence Mode. That sounds nice, but it's not really well implemented. Basically, it just adds a couple (hundred) .exe files to your LaunchPad, so that it becomes impossible to find anything.

EDIT: In VMWare Fusion, this is called Unity Mode. It works about as well.

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Worked great for me since version 4. Latest version 6 is ev ...

Comment by docandreore
about Parallels Desktop Jun 2011

Worked great for me since version 4. Latest version 6 is even faster and much better. I never tried Fusion, so I have no idea if it is any better than Parallels, but I did try VirtualBox and I could not even install Windows XP on that. Parallels all the way for me.

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Parallels 5 completely freeze my MacBook! I'll move to vmwa ...

Comment by ShiroiSame
about Parallels Desktop Jun 2011

Parallels 5 completely freeze my MacBook! I'll move to vmware...

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