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Its name initially was 'Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X', which was consistent with the company's corresponding Linux and Windows products.
This name was not well received within the Mac community, where some felt that the name, particularly the term “workstation,” evoked the aesthetics of a Windows product.
Parallels agreed: “Since we've got a great Mac product, we should make it look and sound like a Mac product...”, it was therefore renamed ‘Parallels Desktop for Mac’.
Parallels Desktop for Mac is a hardware emulation virtualization software, using hypervisor technology that works by mapping the host computer’s hardware resources directly to the virtual machine’s resources.
Wine software is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which required Parallels to release the source code.
Parallels Desktop for Mac Build 5608 added support for guest Parallels Tools for Linux in the latest Linux distributions (including Ubuntu 8).Version 2.5 brought support for USB 2.0 devices, which expanded the number of USB devices supported at native speed, including support for built in i Sight USB web-cams.The amount of video RAM allocated to the guest OS was made adjustable, up to 32MB.On June 7, 2007 build 4124 was released as the first publicly available version of Desktop 3.0.Version 3.0 retained all of the functionality from previous versions and added new features and tools.
Support for Direct X 8.1 and Open GL A new feature called Smart Select offers cross OS file and application integration by allowing the user to open Windows files with Mac OS X programs and vice versa.