Installing Parallels Tools in Ubuntu 9.04 (sort of)
It seems to take a bit of time for the Parallels team to update the Parallels tools installer for new releases of Linux, which is unfortunate since the requisite software is available for quite a while before an official release…
In any event, you can get most of the functionality even before the official support.
First, try to install Parallels Tools in the usual way. If it works, then you have an updated version of Parallels Desktop, and don’t need this tip any more.
Otherwise, it will likely fail on installation of the video driver and Xorg configuration. But some of the features will be installed. From that point:
edit /etc/fstab and add to the end:
# Parallels Shared Folder mount none /media/psf prl_fs sync,nosuid,nodev,noatime,share 0 0
then, run the following:
sudo mkdir /media/psf sudo mount /media/psf
then, recreate the link on the Desktop
cd ~/Desktop ln -s /media/psf Parallels\ Shared\ Folders
At this point, you may or may not need to reboot, but you can easily share your Mac folders with your virtual machine. The network should be working (though, I don’t think you need Parallels Tools for this technically). Once they update Parallels, you can install the new version and have the video/mouse integration restored.