Parallels has been absolutely awful in Leopard. As a whole, I’m not having much success with the new OS; my Mac is now considerably less stable than the Lenovo Thinkpad I use for work, which is something I’d never have imagined I’d say back when I had Tiger installed. I’d roll back to Tiger now if it weren’t for the fact that Time Machine is probably the best thing to happen to operating systems since the invention of the mouse.
Parallels has kernel panicked my Mac twice in the past half an hour, and the latest beta version doesn’t seem to have improved things. It doesn’t look as though the (rather large) list of remaining problems will get fixed particularly speedily, so I’m prepared to write off Parallels for the foreseeable future. I’m downloading the evaluation version of VMware Fusion instead. Converting from Parallels to VMWare should just be a question of dragging the VM into the Importer application and waiting a few minutes, which sounds good to me. If the DS emulators work in VMWare I might actually be able to get some coding done today.
First impressions. VMWare runs palpably faster than Parallels. Both DeSMuMe and No$GBA work fine. Woopsi is much easier to use in VMWare - DeSMuMe regularly forgets that you’re holding the mouse down under Parallels; no such problem in VMWare.
WinUAE is difficult to use in VMWare - it captures the Windows mouse but doesn’t capture the Mac mouse, so if you move the mouse too far you’re back in OSX-space again. Parallels fixed this a while ago. Mouse tracking speed is also off, which was (until recently) a problem with Parallels, too. Performance is great. Smoother than WinUAE under Parallels.
I think that’s all I really use Windows for - WinUAE, DS emulation and Visual Studio.