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Nathan
25th July 2008, 01:57 PM
I'm looking to set up a testing suite for web development, obviously with the focus on testing sites in WinIE - what would be the best solution for that?

Obviously there's VMWare Fusion vs Parallels, but also which version of Windows should we look at? I guess our focus will be on IE6 and IE7

Would appreciate anybody else experiences with such a setup.

Cheers,
N

LCGuy
25th July 2008, 02:16 PM
Don't bother with Windows unless you're looking to run Windows apps...if you're just going to be using IE, you may as well just use ies4osx

ies4osx (http://www.kronenberg.org/ies4osx/)

conufsed
25th July 2008, 02:19 PM
After all of the various pain the neck combos, I have to virtual machines, one running XP Pro SP2 with IE6, and Vista SP1 with IE7. I specifically don't have updates turned on so I get a worst case testing picture

bennyling
25th July 2008, 02:21 PM
Don't bother with Windows unless you're looking to run Windows apps...if you're just going to be using IE, you may as well just use ies4osx

ies4osx (http://www.kronenberg.org/ies4osx/)

Wow - didn't know about that one, and it'd be great if you didn't have to install Darwine...

To the OP - if you're still looking for a virtualisation solution, running full-bore windows, then look no further than VirtualBox. It's basically a free version of VMWare/Parallels - give it a go, the price doesn't hurt!

Other than that, try Crossover if you want to go down the Darwine route - Crossover does pretty much the same thing, 'cept that CodeWeavers charge for it.

reemixx
25th July 2008, 02:23 PM
If it's for web dev, you'd want to be testing other browsers in Windows too, since the Windows versions of same browsers for OSX are different, so having a Win install is probably a good idea anyways.

If I didn't use my PC for doing this, I'd probably just go with what you mentioned, VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or possibly the new one (that's also free) VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/). I'd just go with the cheapest copy of XP you can find (if you don't already own), and use something like Multiple IE Installer (http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE).

Edit: Beaten to it about VirtualBox :P

Jordan M
25th July 2008, 02:29 PM
I would suggest making sure it works in IE8 as its due to be released before year end.

Nathan
25th July 2008, 03:00 PM
Yeah, I know about (and actually have) ies4osx (http://www.kronenberg.org/ies4osx/). That unfortunately doesn't give a 100% accurate experience, so is pretty useless.

Where would I get a cheap copy of XP these days? Does anyone still sell it now that Vista in it's hundreds of iterations has been available for some time?

geektechnu
25th July 2008, 03:20 PM
+1 for the XP+IE7/MultipleIE combo.

Works great - I use it on my 2 development machines (my desktop PC and my MacBook under VirtualBox).