Parallels Kowtow-ing to Apple


There have been several instances in months past about people hacking OS X to run on run-of-the-mill beige-box pc hardware. So we know it can be done. Last week the news was released that Parallels (the de facto leader in virtualization on the OS X platform) would not release a client that would virtualize OS X on Windows without the go ahead from our friends in Cupertino.

I understand that companies want to stay in Apple’s good graces – I imagine life could get difficult if Apple decided not to like you… But while we know it’s possible to do this sort of thing, Parallels doesn’t even really cop to that. Makes me wonder if there’s some dealings going on behind that scenes that won’t be revealed until Leopard is upon us. Many have said there will not be any virtualization baked-into OS X, but I believe that can’t hold true for too long. Will it come in Leopard? Probably not. But what about 10.6? I boy can dream, right?



When you buy a OS X retail package you are buying a license to use it, and you agree to use it on Apple computers, if you don’t do this…well they (Apple) can terminate your license and even sue you. Parallels don’t do this (OS X virtualization for Wintel machines) because they know they can be sued, the same happened to connectix when they relesead a Playstation virtual machine for Mac OS years ago. Apple doesn’t want anybody running OS X on wintel boxes.They’re protecting what they have payed for.

Russell Smith

Here’s one good reason why Parallels don’t let you do this:
‘A. This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.’

A virtual machine produced by Parallels isn’t an ‘Apple-labeled’ computer, it may be running on one, but the virtual machine isn’t.

Also you need to buy a second copy to run on the virtual machine, which I’m sure most users would forget to do. Since Apple don’t have any way of tracking licence use, apart from it not functioning on non-Apple hardware, ensuring that they aren’t being ripped-off by a large number of users isn’t possible.

Allen G.

Here’s a thought that would be really cool: what if Leopard can be installed on PCs. That would certainly explain why Apple is telling Parallels to hold off. Can you imagine an OS X install DVD that would run on ANY platform? BRILLIANT!

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