OT: Parallels or VMWare Fusion?

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 18:56:25 EST 2010

> i am in the process of switching  from Windows to Mac.Not really switching, but i want to develop on Mac OS X.  As i am using some tools, which are not available for Mac, i need to run a virtual machine also on my mac. On my windows machines i am running several virtual machines on VmWare Workstation and i am really satisfied with it.  So i would prefer VmWare Fusion. especially because i could move my existing virtual machines also to the Mac. But this is not a requirement. Are there any users on the list, which are using one or maybe both of the programs and could tell me, if there are any problems with the programs especially using Revstandalones under virtual Windows machines?

I used to use Fusion, but since I rarely use it, I didn't see the
value in paying for the recent upgrade. Now I use Sun's Virtual Box
which is free. I don't think it gives the same level of performance as
either Fusion or Parallels but is fine for testing standalones,
creating icons, building Windows installers etc.

Parallels & Fusion have both released recent upgrades and I think they
are quite similar, although I seem to remember reading that Parallels
now has the performance edge.

It really depends what you want to do. My kids play all the latest PC
games using BootCamp. If you need graphics performance, then BootCamp
is the way to go. If you don't use high-end graphics, then any of the
virtualisation programs will do a good job. Since you already have
VMware virtual machines, I would go with Fusion or Virtual Box (which
can also read these vm's).


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