Advice on virtualization software

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by eN0ch, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. eN0ch macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2009
    Cooma, Australia
    Hi folks,

    I'd value some opinions on choice of virtualisation setup for my needs. Basically I use mac only - 98% of the time; but do need Win apps to run efficiently now and then (maybe once a month?). When I first got my macbook it came with a bootcamp partition, and after researching on what was around at the time (2 years ago) I decided to buy Fusion. I've been happy enough with Fusion as far as functionality, but I really don't need half of what it does - so guess it's really a little high-powered for me. (I've also had trouble getting the VMware tools installation to stick .. but that's another issue.) I probably didn't read the licensing fineprint carefully enough at the time so that may just be my bad. But I must say I wasn't bargaining on another $59 to upgrade to v3, plus $20 a year subscription to stay up to date. That sounds more than reasonable if it's a basic part of your regular workflow, but that's not the case for me.

    Along the way I've also come to own a Parallels license through a macupdate bundle. I haven't tried it out. But not surprisingly it looks to have a similar pricing structure to Fusion; so the same financial issues would apply, I imagine.

    So right now I'm trying to decide whether to pay the upgrade + subs on Fusion / Parallels, or whether to try something else. I'd consider myself a self-taught intermediate mac geek, but I'm no kind of Windows or (mac) Terminal geek. I've had a bit of a look at VirtualBox, but it looks like it might be just a little bit geeky for me as far as initial setup. Also thought about Crossover; but the Win apps I need tend to be niche ones that I wouldn't expect Crossover to support.

    That about covers it I think. Advice / suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. brasscat macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    I have Parallels but VMWare just announced a Windows 7 optimized version, which allows Windows to run in graphically enhanced mode. The current version of Parallels runs in basic mode only. So if you want to run 7 with all the bells and whistles, then might as well go VMWare upgrade.

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