Given that I would sometimes need to run Windows on Mac, I very quickly decided that I’ll install Windows XP through boot camp. It seemed like a good idea until I had to restart my mac to run windows just coz I needed to run a small application for 10 mins. Despite having only 1GB of RAM, I soon decided that I had to use virtualization!
Which one to use?
A quick analysis revealed the winner; it was to be Parallels. This seems to be the default solution on Mac for Windows.
Parallels is easy to install and within an hour I had parallel and Windows XP running (it takes some time to install XP)
As I had suspected, Virtualization with only 1GB of RAM is not great. When Windows is running, Mac OS X tends to slow down but Windows runs fine and it’s best to just use Windows completely then. I guess I need to upgrade my RAM for some decent performance.
However, given that I’m too lazy to reboot just for some small apps, I’m going to stick to Parallels for some time now. Yet I don’t see myself playing games.