A Holiday Basket of Goodies: Parallels Desktop 5 Build 9308 and New Features


One of the best parts of the holidays is gathering with friends, eating, and sometimes receiving a basket of holiday goods from long lost relatives.  Sometimes you get a Harry and David basket with chocolate toffee or Moose Munch.  How could you go wrong with popcorn covered in caramel and chocolate? Anyways, in this time of giving, Parallels is giving you a holiday treat.  Build 9308 is released today.  With new and improved features, this update is recommended only for all users of the English version of Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac.

Where Do You Get Your Parallels Basket Of Goods?
Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac build 9308 is available here:

  • Choose Check
    for Updates
    from the Help
    menu: Choose the update you want to install and click Install.

SS - PD Homepage updates

  • When you first start your virtual
    machines after installing the update, please update Parallels Tools in them.


What Is In This Basket Of Goods:
Improved and New Features of Parallels Desktop 5 build 9803:

Linux guest operating systems:

  • Parallels Tools support Xorg 1.7 in
    Fedora 12 virtual machines (experimental) - new!

  • Parallels Tools support Mandriva 2010
    (experimental) - new!

  •  OpenSUSE 11.1 installation media auto
    detection - new!


  •  Improved USB mass storage performance.

Windows guest operating systems

  • Improved resume from suspend in virtual
    machines with multiple monitors assigned.

  • Improved performance of file access via
    Shared Folders.

3D & Video:

  • Improved video playback performance in
    Windows Vista and Windows 7.

  • Windows Aero is now available by
    default for machines with Intel GMAX3100 and GMA950 graphic adapters (some
    MacBook and Mac mini models)

  • Vertical synchronization is now
    configurable. You can configure these settings using the corresponding option
    in the virtual machine video configuration page.

  • Improved 3D performance for the
    Mirror's Edge game.

Mac OS X Server guest operating system:

  • The ability to pass kernel options to
    the Mac OS X Server guest OS - added. To do so, enable the "Select boot
    device on startup" option in the virtual machine configuration: it will
    enable you to specify the necessary kernel options in the 5-seconds timeout
    before booting the kernel.


Even though there are these new features on this
build, there are many other features that have been fixed.  Read more about these features here.