VMware Fusion

Version: 5.0.2 || Release Date: 2012-11-08 || License: Commercial with demo (79.99) App Owner: petekazanjy

VMware Fusion is the most seamless way to run Window on your Intel-based Mac. VMware Fusion allows you to run more than 60 ×86 operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X, without rebooting.

VMware Fusion is built on VMware's rock-solid and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by over four million users today.

It's mature virtualization platform makes it the only virtualization product for Mac OS X that allows for SMP virtual machines (up to 2 cores assigned to a virtual machine), up to 8 GB of memory in a virtual machine, and allows you to use the full 16 GB available in a Mac Pro.

You can see a demo on YouTube, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIApJMzGzDQ

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nooshin74, 6 years ago (score: -8) buried [Show comment]

Not perfect, but I am happy with Fusion. An occasional lock-up (requiring a reboot as Force Quit does not work) and failure to release external USB drives back to OS X are the many problems. However, those are rare. Unity is simply superb. For those of us who, for whatever reason need to keep one foot in the Windoze world or who want/need same computer access to other flavors of UNIX, it is hard to beat.

I love this app! Set-up is straightforward and easy, and Unity rocks.

Fusion works flawlessly. Booted up my Boot Camp with no troubles (Parallels didnt work and the error message pointed to a broken link).

The UI is amazingly simple. I've been running my image in the background for the last couple days with no noticable performance problems at all on my mac apps (Macbook Pro). The Windows apps seem to run native speed.

Highly recommended

Wow. the betas were spotty but the 1.0 release is just outstanding. I was running Parallels forever and recently started wondering why my machine was so slow: disk thrashing, pageouts, swapping, even with 2GB of ram! Turns out Parallels just can't manage memory. Fusion has no such problems and my machine is glassy smooth again. Kudos!

Parallels completely hosed my Boot Camp partition (requiring a complete reinstall of Windows, an exquisite torture), put a whole bunch of weird software network interfaces in without asking me first, and peppered my /System and /Library folders with all its 8.3 filenamed junk.

VMWare Fusion worked off the boot camp partition beautifully, ran as fast, put all its stuff in just 1 or 2 locations, didn't hack my network drivers, and overall seemed to be a much better product.

VMWare for the win!

Both Parallels and Fusion support 32-Windows XP well. However Vista seems to run much faster on Fusion, and Linux and FreeBSD are both more stable and easy to use on Fusion. Unlike Parallels, Fusion supports 64-bit Windows and also emulates a multiple processor system (useful if you have a 4 or 8 processor Mac Pro). The Fusion virtual disks are also compatible with other VMware products, which is useful for some people.

The release candidate of Fusion was posted a couple of days ago, and seems very solid. I will be switching entirely to Fusion in the next week.

Having initially been wowed by the novelty of using Parallels to run Windows XP on my Mac, I soon became frustrated, not just by the limitations of the software but also by the complete lack of customer support. When the first Fusion beta became available I jumped at the chance to try it out and although I was not immediately convinced by Fusion, either, I kept an eye on its progress.

Unlike Parallels, Fusion does not suffer from misleading sales hype and development appears to be robust, so much so that the current b4.1 release offers enough for me to have taken advantage of the pre-release discount and bought Fusion. Count me among the many very satisfied VMware customers!

I'm a paid Parallels customer and just tried VMWare Fusion. Fusion Beta 4.1 is superior to Parallels 3.0 (4128) in every way that I can tell. Parallels still seems to support more functionality for Vista but I have little doubt that by the August release of Fusion 1.0 VMWare will be the horse to bet on.

I was a bit disappointed by recent (paid) upgrade to Parallels 3.0 so instead of paying for upgrade I decided to pre order VMWare (both costs $40) and I am feeling it was good choice.

My virtual machines seems to be much more responsive than under Parallels and also I am able to use huge library of virtual appliances.

Worth to try - and preorder price is a real bargain

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