Run Ubuntu and Windows together
The Ubuntu Linux distribution now includes virtualisation software Parallels in its partner repository. The move by Canonical, commercial sponsors of Ubuntu Linux, is a first for Ubuntu as Parallels is a commercial package and not free to use. However, by including Parallels in the partner repository Ubuntu users are able to easily install it should they want to use it. Installing Parallels using the Ubuntu package management tools will make it much simpler for users to install the software rather than installing from the command line.
To date the partner repository in Ubuntu has been reserved for software such as Opera, which is free to use but is not free software. Parallels is neither free to use nor free software. However, users are able to install a free trial version using the Ubuntu package management tools and then purchase a licence from the Ubuntu online store.
No doubt many free software purists will baulk at the idea of including commercial software in the partner repository but Ubuntu is not the first Linux distribution to do this. Linspire’s Click-n-Run package management programme has included commercial programs in its repositories for some time now.
The partner repository is also not enabled by default in Ubuntu so most users will not come in contact with it unless they actually choose to add the partner repository. Instructions on adding the partner repository to a system can be found on the Ubuntu Guide site.