VMWare 3.2, Parallels 5 and VirtualBox 3.2.4

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by parajba, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. parajba macrumors 6502

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    Hi everybody,

    I'm looking to create a virtual machine on my i5 MBP because I need to run some specific Windows software (Tacx Training Software, I'm into cycling:p).

    Which one of the 3 virtual machine programs is better from a performance/stability perspective? Has anybody seen a comparison test yet? I understand that VirtualBox is free for personal use, is it really worth paying for the other two?
     
  2. parajba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I read it, but there's nothing specific about VirtualBox and how it compares against the latest incarnations of Fusion of Parallels...I might just have to try it myself...
     
  3. Jaxdialation macrumors regular

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    You can actually try all 3. Both Parallels and VMware have the ability to import the others VMs. Both have trial periods too.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    The consensus however from that thread is that Fusion is more stable, Parallels is a bit faster (for some things) and of course Virtualbox is cheaper.

    As Jaxdialation says you can try all three for free, plus if you intend to use Windows 7 you can download and try that for free for up to 120 days too.

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  5. tunerX Suspended

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    Virtualbox is alright. I use it on Ubuntu to run windows. I use fusion on my Mac because it lets me drag and drop between the host and guest. With virtualbox I have to setup a shared folder on the host.

    I was willing to pay $40.00 to have drag and drop.
     
  6. SurferMan macrumors 65816

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    I just installed virtualbox and win 7 so I can run some programs.... it honestly works perfectly and smooth (I have a 13" MBP w/ 2.53 and 4gb ram). Pointless to me to pay for parallels/fusion when vb works just as well for my needs.
     
  7. Jaxdialation macrumors regular

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    I gave up running any VMs for my main apps on my 13". They were painfully slow. Now My i7 with SSD is another story.


     
  8. SurferMan macrumors 65816

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    I don't do anything intensive as designing or games, I mainly needed it for my trading program to run, in that sense it works excellent and quick.
     
  9. Van W macrumors member

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    Do you use Scottrade by any chance?
     
  10. aced411 macrumors 6502

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    Virtualbox let's you drag and drop, I've done it. Do some research.
     

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