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VMware Fusion 3 Coming October 27th
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah still a mixed bag for Linux...
I'm going to continue running both for a little longer though.

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Openbox only - #!CrunchBang version makes it very easy to use and modify. I also use lxpanel in place of tint2 so I can put apps on the dock.

I stopped using Parallels just before version 4 came out, and sold my copy to a colleague. The program is fine for Windows, but they were very slow in fixing problems with Linux (even current versions of Ubuntu!) and their tech support kept promising things they weren't delivering. I think they just decided that only Windows support was important and once I realized that, I ditched the product for VMware.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great information Fox! Thanks for that. Best review I've seen for these products.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad I can help, but one proviso to anyone making a decision on a virtual product based on my "review". I am a low-level user of these virtual machines, so that factors that may make a difference to more demanding users don't matter to me. A good example is video acceleration, which might be important if you do video or photo editing, watch DVD's or play games on your virtual machine. I do none of that in a vm (not much of that on the Mac OS either). Neither office apps, statistical analysis of small to medium datasets, nor language translation really tax a vm, whereas playing games does. So if you intend to use your virtualization program for more taxing things, my comments are only marginally helpful.

The good thing is that you can test all three programs for free! VirtualBox is freeware, and both VMware and Nova allow you to download their programs for free and try them out for 30 days. The two commercial products even have features that allow you to import a vm made in the other one so you can use one vm to test out both.

Hope that extra bit of information helps!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See, I knew Fox would give a better answer. Smile

I'm a happy camper with Fusion, but I agree with Fox. I would give all three of them a try. You certainly can't go wrong with VirtualBox based on the price. There also appears to be a strong commitment to making the software better from Sun. That's probably where I would look first starting from scratch. What's to lose?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snow Leopard $29

Fusion 3.0 $39

Windows 7 $49

Running all three on my Mac mini at the same time... priceless. Smile
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