One of my favourite topics over the last several months has been to explore ways in which a PEGA Personal Edition can be used in a Mac laptop. Being a fan of the Apple ecosystem I was unwilling to leave it and tried several avenues to find the ideal approach , but all of them had their downsides : a Cloud instance , for example, is extremely limited in its ability for customisation, while other approaches like getting a Windows Virtual Machine through Parallels software (requiring a monthly paid subscription) was not providing the adequate levels of performance I was expecting.
This latest approach is by far the best solution : anyone interested in trying it out requires a downloaded PEGA Personal Edition, a free version of the Parallels software, and a free instance of Debian GNU/Linux 10 VM installed in the Parallels machine. This was tested in both x86 and ARM-based architecture models of Mac , so it should work for both M1 and Intel-based Mac laptops. The choice of Debian was also a simple one : Debian’s stable releases are much more reliable compared to other distros like Ubuntu , and although Debian’s software ecosystem is considered outdated, stability was a benefit which far outweighed any such issues.
The documentation is fairly detailed, only requiring a rudimentary knowledge of technical details, and anyone having an issue while using it can definitely reach out to us for clarification. I have been using it in my own M1 machine with 32GB RAM for about a week now, and it is INSANELY fast !
If anyone using MacOS tries it out and encounters any issues, please let me know.
***Edited by Moderator Marije to add Capability tags***