For the same perverse reason people think it’s a good idea to put a chicken inside of a duck inside of turkey, I gave Parallels Workstation a try. Parallels Workstation allows you to run multiple operating systems from within a single host operating system. Here’s an insane shot of my Macbook Pro running Ubuntu Linux (the new Dapper Drake Flight 6 bleeding edge version) simultaneously with Windows XP; and, for extra credit, Karate Champ in MacMame:

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I get a kick out of the fact that both XP and Ubuntu boot faster in the virtual machines on my Macbook Pro than I’ve ever seen them boot on real hardware.

Hmmm, here’s more potential to notch up the nerdiness level: Apple ][ emulators. Though summoning dead ancestors with such tools seems vaguely… unnatural.

3 responses to “Turduckenology

  1. I’m not surprised about the faster bootup time — I would imagine initializing hardware through a virtualization/emulation layer when that hardware has already been initialized would be quicker than initializing that hardware directly when it’s not already initialized.

    But that’s conjecture.

    That’s a crazy screenshot. Someone needs a flickr account to post it to… hint hint…..

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