Teach me about VMware

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  1. verbal

    verbal Active Member

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    I know what VMWare is, but I have no clue what options are available for OS X. Do you have to have an Intel machine? Are there different flavors? I was using VirtualPC but it was a piece of shit and I never installed it since Leopard.

    In for tips and tricks.
     
  2. bovine

    bovine New Member

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    Yes, it needs to be Intel. The only flavor for OS X is VMWare Fusion. It is not a piece of shit, rather; it rocks.

    You can download a full functioning trial from the VMWare site and either pay for a real key or get a key from 'other sources.'
     
  3. verbal

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    I need to upgade-- only have a powerbook. :(
     
  4. verbal

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    How does it run though?

    What are the pros and cons of doing this over just dual booting windows? Does it still run the same as if you dual booted?
     
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    i have been running it on a recent core2duo MBP with 4Gb of memory and XP in VMWare actually runs faster there than on the laptop i pulled the image from. that other laptop is a bit older, but it is interesting to see that it runs so much better on what is essentially an emulator.
     
  6. verbal

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    Do most of you dual boot or use VMWare? Or both?
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    it's really not an emulator though; the instructions are x86-native all the way. VMware just lets the guest operating system intelligently share the processor cores with the host, which is why the speed is so close to native speed. :cool:

    Emulators suck because software is on-the-fly translating instructions for one processor architecture to another; that's why stuff like VirtualPC is so slow, but there's no way around it when you're on different hardware.
     
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    How does it compare to Parallels?
     
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    Much snappier. I ran parallels for about six months before switching and the difference was quite noticeable.
     
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    yeah, i liked Fusion much better than Parallels also. i also found Fusion to be more stable. i was also able to connect my blackberry over USB to my Fusion system, but Parallels would be very flakey with it.
     
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    in for info
     
  12. bovine

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    Yep, I like VMWare's handling of peripherals much better than Parallels. For VMWare, all I do to hook something up is download the Windows drivers like I would on a native machine. This worked for a Dell color laser printer and for a USB-to-serial converter. Both peripherals perform flawlessly. In fact, the printer prints about 5 times faster in VMWare than it does under OS X, because Dell sucks and I have to use hacked drivers to run my printer in unix.

    Under Parallels I had to use the Mac driver for my printer and the USB-to-serial converter would flat out not work. For this alone I would have switched to VMWare; add on the fact that it's much faster and it's really a no-brainer.
     
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    Fusion is perfect. Parallels blows. I bought both and ended up deleting parallels.app and keeping Fusion.

    Here's a short movie I did for you. >>Fusion, click here<<
     

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