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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:31 am    Post subject: VMware Releases Fusion 2.0 Reply with quote

VMware Releases Fusion 2.0
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Posted by: Brian

VMware today announced the release of Vmware Fusion 2.0, a major update to its virtualization software for Intel-based Macs. VMware Fusion 2.0 adds more than a hundred new features and enhancements, giving Mac users a more integrated Windows-on-Mac experience, wrapped in a user-friendly package that can be enjoyed by Mac users of any level of technical expertise. VMware Fusion 2.0 also makes Windows even safer on the Mac, through automatic virtual machine snapshots, that keep Windows safe from bumps in the road, and an embedded, complimentary 12-month subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus.

Power users will be happy that VMware Fusion 2.0 incorporates more of the raw technological power that VMware virtualization technology is known for, including multiple snapshots, the ability to add up to four virtual CPUs to a virtual machine, and newly added support for Mac OS X Leopard Server as a virtual machine.

VMware Fusion 2.0 is a free upgrade for all VMware Fusion 1.x customers. For new users, the price is $79.99.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I skipped on the betas. Guess I'll give it a shot now.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been running 1.1 for some time now with absolutely no issues. Can't wait to get this installed!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed it tonight; upgrade from the previous version. Interface is a bit fancier, but other than that, I didn't notice any big improvements on my Windows VM. But I didn't play around with some of the new features, as I was really interested to see what it did for Linux VMs.

Next I tried it on my Ubuntu 8.04.1 VM. This added a very useful tool which no other program has working with Linux VMs: drag and drop between the Mac host and the VM. As with Windows VMs, I can now drag a file from Mac to Ubuntu desktop and vice-versa. This is fantastic. Another thing it now does is cut and paste from a Mac application running on the Mac into a Ubuntu application. VirtualBox 2.0 also does this; I don't think Parallels does (in Linux). This is one great program, and the upgrade was free!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone get the beta for Parallels 4.0? How is it in comparison?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sn0zc0r3 wrote:
Did anyone get the beta for Parallels 4.0? How is it in comparison?

I'm not even sure that I'll give it a look since Fusion 2.0 added Unity for Linux. Like Fox said before, Fusion 2.0 is just an awesome product. Plus, I received got an invite.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just for the record, owners of Parallels 3 will have to pay to upgrade to version 4 when it's available. Owners of Fusion were given a free upgrade to version 2.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've got a powermac g5.........what can i use to run windows?
i only need it for a few downloads and my tax returns..?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VirtualPC, by none other than Microsoft. It's slow but it works.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks foe that!
speed is'nt an issue with the gates m/c- i'm just sick of having an ancient pc on the desk along side my babies......
it sort of clutters up the "macness!"
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are in the process of virtualizing the data center at work and I have become a big fan of VMWare ESX through this project. Fusion 2.0 just adds that same great technology to OS X.

Fusion mounted my existing Boot Camp partition making for a quick config and still allows me to boot directly to XP when desired! The only consequence for that is no snapshots for the VM created from Boot Camp.

I can't even explain how great Unity is. I didn't read anything about Fusion 2.0 before installing it and finding Unity was a total surprise. I believe Fusion 2.0 is now my favorite piece of software period. Having access to virtualized XP applications while I learn OS X will be a life saver.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yingling wrote:
I can't even explain how great Unity is. I didn't read anything about Fusion 2.0 before installing it and finding Unity was a total surprise.

It truly is great. That being said, it reminds you how crappy XP icons look when you have them sitting in the dock. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_Tex wrote:

It truly is great. That being said, it reminds you how crappy XP icons look when you have them sitting in the dock. Wink

No doubt! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fusion 2.0.1 is out. I haven't upgraded yet, but it looks like a lot of bugs have been fixed.

http://www.vmware.com/support/fusion2/doc/releasenotes_fusion_201.html
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads up!

I just installed it and things seem to be working great. I don't think I had any of the issues them claim to have resolved, but the upgrade didn't break anything either.
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