VMware Fusion Version 1.0, Build 51348 released!

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  1. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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  2. other macrumors 6502

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    How does VirtualBox compare to these commercial alternatives? It doesn't have "coherency mode" and whatever it's called in VMWare, but besides that?
     
  3. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a

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    cool. although i'll only be running windows on my mac if its a last resort
     
  4. r-sparks macrumors 6502

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    Wait if you're thinking of buying

    If you're thinking of buying Fusion, wait until some more people have posted their reports of the 1.0 release. In fact, you might want to wait until the 1.1 release.

    I've been using the RC1 for a few weeks and while it's stable and hasn't crashed, the coherence/Unity mode isn't bug free. Additionally, there are often a few moments of lockup (when quitting Fusion, for example; new programs can't be launched for around 20 seconds even though Fusion no longer appears to be running). This is on both a 2GB MacBook and a 2GB iMac C2D.

    I've reported these bugs but was brushed aside, with the support staff saying they're unique to my systems. From what I read, the 1.0 release only fixes a handful of "major" bugs to do with crashes, and applies some new artwork.

    Also, if you buy in the UK, be aware that you'll be taxed for VAT but you won't be told about this additional charge UNTIL AFTER you've clicked to place the order. I complained about this, which is illegal in my country, but they never replied to me.
     
  5. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000

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    Has the graphics acceleration gotten any better? :rolleyes: ;)
     
  6. r-sparks macrumors 6502

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    I've never used VirtualBox but I can say that the Unity (coherence) mode of Fusion is pretty impressive. Program windows from the Windows virtual machines really do appear as program windows on OS X, complete with Dock buttons (although this is a little buggy in RC1 of Fusion and they stick around after the program has quit). Note that only Windows apps have Unity. Linux or Solaris doesn't.

    That said, it's not perfect. The windows are laggy/glitchy when dragged around. This might just be issues with the RC1 release, however.

    I use Unity mode to run DRM crapware such as the BBC's iPlayer. I can run WMP11 in a window on the desktop, while browsing or using other OS X apps.
     
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    this means nothing to me until i get my macbook with leopard on it at the start of november.
     
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    That did irritate me, there was zero indication of it and 17.5% isn't just an extra few pennies.
     
  10. eric_n_dfw macrumors 65816

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    Missed the pre-order deal

    Damn! I was going to buy it on the 50% off pre-order deal and didn't realize it was ending so fast. :mad:

    Oh well.
     
  11. stormdrums macrumors newbie

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    virtualbox is a good choice if you only have tu run windows apps once a week on your mac or if you do not have enough money to buy parallels or fusion.
    in my opinion parallels user interface is better because of the smartselect feature and coherence, which works pretty well. vmware fusion has unity ("same" as coherence) but fusion didn't work very well in my tests.
    as far as i know parallels allows to use less than 2 gigs of ram for all virtual machines and you can only assign one processing core to a virtual machine.
    as i bought a quadcore mac pro with 8 gigs of ram, i'll be happy if fusion becomes stable, because it could use more ressources to do work faster.
     
  12. maestrokev thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well-timed to coincide with the Apple August 7th announcement.

    What Apple needs is more development in virtualization software. As a recent Mac switcher myself the only thing stopping me from selling off my Windows boxes and buying more Macs is the lack of stable virtualization software. Boot Camp is nice but I don't want to reboot. Parallels ... well, just read their support forums.
     
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  14. stormdrums macrumors newbie

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    it simply looks exactly like an apple cinema display on the vmware fusion page.
    i don't think that apple's new iMac will look exactly like the ACD
     
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    Is that simply because of cohesion/unity, or is there something else?

    I am kind of interested in the DirectX 8.1 support. I wonder if I could use Project 64 in a virtual machine. Has anybody tried?
     
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    has there been a general consensus which is better? vmware or parallels?
     
  18. Kelmon macrumors 6502a

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    My experience with Parallels has been pretty good so I'm looking to see some major reasons for switching to Fusion before trying it out. I've not installed the latest version of Parallels since I'm not prepared to try beta software for production data but v3 works fine for me at the moment, although there are a few niggles.

    At the least I'd like to know what the performance difference is between them on a C2D MacBook Pro.
     
  19. Arnaud macrumors 6502

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    Already a beta ?

    If I understand correctly, Parallels is already working on Desktop 4.0, is that what the mentioned "beta" is about?

    ...

    Is it me, or is time going really fast? Parallels only released Desktop 3.0 two months ago! (Or was it three?)

    It is nice (and necessary) that companies work on updates and improvements, but soon we'll have to pay a new licence every 3 months for bug-correction and obvious improvements, going from Desktop 35 to Desktop 36.
    I'm still on Desktop 2.0, I did not feel like paying yet again 6 months after my initial licence, for features which should have been included.
     
  20. rodti macrumors member

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    Hah, I like the idea of emulating within an emulator.... :p
     
  21. Rod76 macrumors newbie

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    I’ve used both VMware and Parallels and own both and I kicked Parallels to the curb as soon as VMware hit RC1. I‘ve since stopped having Kernel Panics and related network issues. VMware in RC1 does have some system slow downs at times, but remains stable and I’ve really come to prefer it. All it really needs to be perfect is some of Parallels VM management features and its the perfect product.
     
  22. other macrumors 6502

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    VMWare isn't an emulator though. :p
     
  23. eenu macrumors 65816

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    I think the story headline is mis leading and needs changing. This is not Parallels 3.0 Beta, this ended just over a week ago, i was a tester on that program and it was a private beta.

    This is a public beta of Parallels 3.xx, so really the story headline needs changing to avoid confusion.
     
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  25. Arnaud macrumors 6502

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    ahAH, I understand better now, I obviously got confused, indeed... :p

    Thanks for the explanations :)
    No need anymore to be all wired against the software world, I can be zen again...
     

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