Mac Book Pro & OpenSolaris (Solaris 10) Virtualization?
By michel on Mar 29, 2007
I am trying to install Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris on my Mac Book Pro. I have talked to several colleagues and googled information regarding this and there is a lot of misinformation or incomplete information. Basically I found that there are two solutions, one is to create a multi-boot Mac Book Pro and the other is to use some kind of a virtualization solution.
The simpler of the two is the virtualization option. There are two main virtualizations solutions most people are using. VMware has a beta product you can download for free called VMware Fusion for Mac OS X (http://www.vmware.com/products/beta/fusion) and then there is Parallels for Mac (http://www.parallels.com/) which costs about $79. Actually I downloaded Parallels first and started playing with the 30 day demo. I was not impress with Parallels as I found my system to be slow and the software to be intermitten. Meaning that my old laptop ran Solaris better, faster and was more reliable.
Since I was not happy with this technology, I decided to download and run VMware Fusion. Fusion is in beta and runs in debuging mode. Even though debugging mode is turned on, it runs a little slower than Parallels but not much. In I had a little better experience using Fusion and like the fact that I could cut and paste between the virtual machine and my host machine.
"All in All" my experience with virtual machines is they run slow and are tempramental. For example every once in a while, the virtual machine goes "out to lunch" or something as the Mac spinning rainbow wheel of death starts up and never stops, I eventually end up having to reboot my virtual machine.
At this point, I am now convinced and think virtualization is a good idea, but the technology is still premature and is not there yet. So for now, I have decided to go back to the basics and will now try to do a dual boot or multiboot solution so I can run Solaris on bare metal which should have better performance.