Parallels or VMware Fusion?

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  1. brenm666 macrumors regular

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    Hi, I would like to know what is the best virtualization software on a Mac between Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. Or, at least, what are the main differences between the two, if there's any...

    Thank you!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    My first recommendation is to do a search. There are hundreds of threads asking the exact same thing.

    It boils down to user preference. Both offer trial versions of the software, I suggest you download both and see which one you like
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  4. soapage macrumors member

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    don't do a search go straight to Parallels. Parallels does a much better job at rendering than VM and dosent crash
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's only one opinion. There are many other opinions available to the OP by searching for the dozens of existing threads on this topic.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Actually Parallels crashes far more then vmware, I incurred a high volume of outright Kernel Panics and crashes with parallels none with vmare
     
  7. brenm666 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, well thanks all... i guessed that a lot of threads already existed, but i was lazy and only did a very superficial search... :D
    and thanks GGJstudios for MRoogle... i didnt know it even existed!
     
  8. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    VirtualBox - free, and so far works pretty smoothly, and I'm on a C2D iMac.
     
  9. Jethrotoe macrumors regular

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    Yea, you really want to search first. Especially on this subject. There is a ton of info. Bookmark MRoogle.

    But anyway, I tried the 30 day free trials for both and ended up with Parallels.
    But they both operate and perform well. Try the trials.

    True too, VirtualBox is free and a lot of people say it does the job. Probably without the frills.
     
  10. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    Just out of curiosity, would that be on your Hackintosh or your mini?
     
  11. circularforward macrumors 6502

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    Both are comparable, and you won't be missing out from choosing one or the other. In general from over the years, parallels has the reputation of being a little faster with less stability, and vmware has the opposite reputation of being a little slower with more stability. Either one is fine; try the trial versions.
     

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