rMPB - VM's GNS3 Ubuntu

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ump001, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. ump001 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009

    looking to buy rMPB soon (2.6/512/16gb). My daily work involves network support so need to play and test with many VM's and use GNS3 for cisco studies. Wondering if anyone out there has had a chance to use GNS3 on the rMPB and wondering how they find it?

    How are VM's performing, specifically multiple VM's running at the same time.
    How does GNS3 perform in general, does the app itself 'look ok' on the screen?

    Also have any decent terminal apps been updated to Retina standard?

    I know i wont be running it at full load all the time but would like to know how it handles in general. Many of the reviews seem to concentrate on Web designers, photo/video editors etc.

  2. heresjohnny, Jul 6, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2012

    heresjohnny macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2010
    Have not used GSN3, but VMWare is working fine for me. Of course everything is scaled, and that will almost certainly be true of GSN3 VM's as well. It doesn't look terrible, but I don't like it. (Edit - I mean all virtual machines are scaled, at least under VMWare.)

    Virtual Machines run as well as a person might expect on the rMBP's hardware - excellent, assuming you have enough RAM for as many as you'd like to run.

    Regarding terminal apps - iTerm2 looks great on the rMBP, as does Apples "Terminal" if your into it. I'd expect iTerm (original) looks good as well, but haven't tested.

    It's a fast machine with a nice display. The fluidity of the UI is not great, but tolerable. I'd say a bit worse than Snow Leopards UI performance on a 2008 17" - very usable but can be annoying. (I'm picky though, and didn't really find the OSX UI to be totally fluid until about 2011 era MBP's.

    The display is great for text - to be honest I don't understand why everyone is reviewing it in regards to graphical purposes - just like the "New Ipad", text is where this display really shines.

    That said, the audio quality is worse than my 2011 17" and the loss of 1.6" of screen space is very noticeable to me. (Note that I run the rMBP @ the virtual 1920x1200 options - anything less is definitely annoying to me.)

    Although I really like the new rMBP... My 17" isn't gone yet.
  3. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    GNS3 will run under Fusion, but you would have more versatility if you ran under VMware Workstation.
  4. ump001 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009
    Thanks, but there is a native Mac version also, so was interested on how this looks/runs.

    Also is iTerm2 the only decent terminal app available?
  5. heresjohnny macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2010
    iTerm2 is pretty :D:D:D. What terminal app do you prefer?
  6. ump001 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2009
    Well there seem to be quite a few terminal apps in Ubuntu also, guessing i should just try and configure iTerm2 to my needs.

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