The Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software is in Release Candidate 2 stage.and includes the Compressor utility to reduce guest OS virtual disk space use. The list price went up from $49.95 to $79.95 but the pre-order price remained at $39.95. So, I pre-ordered my copy this morning. I’m downloading the RC2 version this evening (still a free test drive) to test it out on a MacBook.
For those unfamiliar with virtualization… Virtualization allows you to run multiple operating systems (or multiple instances of the same OS) on a single computer (or cluster for that matter). Parallels lets an Intel based Mac run Microsoft Windows, Linux, and other x86 based OSes at the same time (taking into account hardware resource constraints).