I have just tried out Parallels 7 for running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and encountered a few problems. These are:
The first problem I have encountered is that Parallels 7 does not recognize
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server (64 bit) or
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Desktop (64 & 32 bit). I have to manually select "Ubuntu" from the list of platforms.
No fast-track installation
I also noticed that there is no "fast-track" installation of Ubuntu that bypasses all the installation screens. This may be a bug because the Ubuntu version is unrecognized, or perhaps strictly want of a feature. However, I had expected there to be feature-parity with vmWare Fusion 4.
No Parallels tools installed
None of the tools for Parallels were installed automatically (which is kind of expected given the lack of platform support). It was not apparent where they go or how to run them from the installation. When I run
Virtual Machine -> Install Parallel Tools ... nothing seems to be mounted in the VM -
/dev/fd0 returns "is not a valid block device" and there is no
/dev/cdrom or equivalent in fstab; it was not apparent how to mount the install tools. Parallels indicates that it is mounted as device SATA 0:2, but I do not know offhand how to go about tracking this down in
No bridged networking
For no apparent reason Bridged networking does not work at all. A Google search indicated that this was a known problem.
All of the above may stem from the first issue: lack of platform support. Perhaps these are individual and discrete issues. Nevertheless, I encountered them all within minutes of downloading and installing Parallels 7, so I though to raise them here to see if they have been addressed.
As some context, I was a vmWare 3 user that clicked on the free trial of vmWare 4. Since vmWare 4 did not seem to offer any particular benefits over vmWare 3 I wanted to "downgrade" back to my licensed version of vmWare 3- but this proved to be problematic. As a result, I wanted to give Parallels a try. At first glance, Parallels 7 seems to be snappier than vmWare and seems to use fewer resources, however the above issues make it appear to be less polished. That's my 2ç contribution to the glut of vmWare v Parallels comparisons. :)
Any thoughts on the above issues would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading!