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Parallels Desktop 16.5

Parallels has released version 16.5 of its Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software, bringing full native support for Macs with Apple’s M1 chip. For M1-based Macs, the release also resolves an issue with virtual machines having no Internet connection when they are configured to use the Shared Network setting, addresses a problem with the mouse pointer becoming sluggish, and fixes a bug that prevented the Ubuntu 21.04 virtual machine from booting after updating the kernel to 5.11.0. For Intel-based Macs, Parallels Desktop 16.5 adds support for Linux kernel version 5.11, resolves an issue with failing to start a Boot Camp-based virtual machine, addresses a problem with incorrect identification of a virtual machine operating in the Bridged Networking mode, and fixes a bug where the Internet Information Services app displayed an error. A free 14-day full-featured trial is available. ($79.99 annual subscription for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro Editions, 1.4 MB, release notes, macOS 10.13.6+)

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  1. Crazy fast: Running Debian, Ubuntu, Windows 10 (Thanks to Glenn for great article on this).
    Ran hardinfo on the linux units, came up as fast as our blade servers here.
    Macbook Air m1, mac mini m1…
    aloha
    b

  2. With your thoroughness, Adam and Glenn, I’m not surprised. However, I though the point was worth highlighting. For reasons that are too tedious to explain and risk getting me sneered at, I maintain an OSX 10.6 virtual machine, which is ‘mission critical’ even though my ‘mission’ is somewhat diluted these days. If (in my dreams) I were to upgrade to an M1-chipped Mac Pro when it appears, it seems I could whistle at the sky as far as all my old and very costly Adobe software is concerned.

  3. Yeah, I understand. I think this problem will be solved eventually, perhaps via Microsoft’s emulation of Intel apps within Windows for ARM, but it will be a while still.

  4. If you require a 10.6 VM, can I assume that these old Adobe apps are PowerPC apps?

    If so, you may want to look at the QEMU emulator. According to Emaculation, it can run MacOS 9.2 through 10.5. The emulation is not perfect (in particular, audio problems), but it might be good enough for your needs.

    QEMU doesn’t currently exist for the M1 platform (as far as I know), but I’m sure this support will eventually be added. If you have installation media for an old PPC version of MacOS, you might want to try it today on your x86 Mac in preparation for creating an M1 installation in the future, when it becomes possible.

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