VMware 1, Parallels 0

I'd been using Parallels 3.0 for the past few weeks to run SXDE 2 on my MacBook Pro, but started having problems when I upgraded to Solaris Nevada build 69-- the X server wouldn't start any more, and I just couldn't get it going at all.

I took the opportunity to try out the VMware Fusion Beta instead, and so far it's the clear winner. It does feel a trifle slower than Parallels (even with debugging turned off), and its snapshots aren't as flexible, only allowing one per VM. But its VM tools for Solaris are way ahead of Parallels' non-existent offering-- clock sync, on-the-fly desktop resize, copy/paste/drag+drop from Solaris <-> OS X... nice. (Haven't figured out if shared folders are supposed to work on Solaris yet or not-- the settings are available which suggest they should, but the folders I've nominated don't show up anywhere obvious, so I'm guessing they don't.)

Assuming it's just as happy at full screen on my Sun 24" display when I get into the office, I'll be sticking in the VMware camp for now.

Edit: Oh, and did I mention that Solaris sound and networking work out of the box on VMware too?

Comments:

Don't forget that you can also get VMWare to use two cores instead of one.. so you can squeeze a lot more performance out if you're running the right apps.

Posted by Peter Cooper on August 02, 2007 at 10:33 AM GMT+00:00 #

Good point. Not really running anything that would take advantage of that myself, but certainly another point in VMware's favour. (Another one I forgot to mention is that you can still use a bunch of OS X system shortcuts while your VM has focus, like Cmd-Tab to switch apps, which you can't currently do in Parallels.)

Posted by Calum Benson on August 02, 2007 at 12:21 PM GMT+00:00 #

[Trackback] Ein Kollege hat an dem soeben im Final Release erschienenen VMware Fusion mehr Spass als am Konkurrenten Parallels. Hier nachzulesen.

Posted by macscape on August 07, 2007 at 02:44 AM GMT+00:00 #

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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