I downloaded Parallels Lite from the App Store. Even though Parallels Lite claims to be free if you want to run Linux virtual machines, the only thing I see is this:

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This is what the help says:

Choose How to Use Parallels Desktop Lite

When you launch Parallels Desktop Lite for the first time, you need to choose how you're going to use it. Choose one of the following:

  • Windows & Support. If you choose this option, you will be able to create and run virtual machines with Windows, Linux and any other supported operating system. You will also be able to contact the support team for assistance.

    Note: This option is free during a trial period. If you want to continue using Windows or other virtual machines after the trial period expires, you need to purchase a subscription.

  • Linux only. If you choose this option, you will be able to create and run only Linux virtual machines. This option is completely free of charge. However, telephone support is not available.

Important! Please note that Windows and its license are not included.

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but I never saw the window described in the help page. Instead, it took me straight to subscription.

What am I doing wrong? Why am I unable to add a virtual machine?

  • No experience with this but I have successfully used the free VirtualBox (by Oracle, formally Sun) App. It is updated regularly and works well, though I have heard that Parallels and VMWare are a bit faster. Possibly a good choice for price sensitive or lighter useage virtualization. Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 15:14
  • @SteveChambers no, it doesn't work at all, every time I run Ubuntu from virtualbox, it crashes my mac mini 2018 and it restarts the OS. See here: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/361418/… Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 15:47

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According to this Parallels forum, Parallels no longer offers free Linux, even though their Help document says they do...

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