If you’re looking at the ones from VMware (Fusion Pro, Fusion, Workstation & Player Pro) then you should know that the core technology in those is not only the same, but it’s the same as in vSphere – the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.
Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.
In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push them. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin. I’m using a combination of Fusion Pro and Player Pro.
The only reason I stopped at 25 was that it was taking too much time to build all those operating systems – I have a day job according to my boss.
Here’s the 25 nested OS’s you can see in the video running ALL AT THE SAME TIME on a late-2014 27” iMac with 32Gb RAM, 4GHz Intel i7.
OS/X 10.11 El Capitan
OS/X 10.10 Yosemite
OS/X 10.9 Mavericks
OS/X 10.8 Mountain Lion
OS/X 10.7 Lion
OS/X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server
OS/X 10.5 Leopard Server
Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
Windows 7 Enterprise N
Windows Vista Business
Windows XP SP2
Windows 2000 SP2
Windows NT 4 SP6
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Debian 8.1 (Jessie)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation 7.1 (maipo)
openSUSE 13.2 (harlequin)
Zorin OS 9 (trusty)
OS/2 Warp v4
Android 4.4.2 (kitkat)
Clearly, if you try this yourself don’t phone support. They’ll be impressed but I doubt they help you. This was fun. I wonder what I can do next?
We’re excited to announce that Mark Gibbs of Network World and PC World named VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation in his list of most crucial apps he can’t live without.
Gibbs writes about how both VMware applications make “it possible to run, in parallel, pretty much any x86-based operating system in a virtual machine on top of the host operating system.”
He uses both VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation to run Ubuntu, Windows 7, and Windows XP. Above all, Gibbs loves playing “LucasArts PodRacer on top of OS X on [his] new 27-inch iMac with an i7 processor.”
Mitch Wagner summarizes why Mac users on a tight budget need VMware Fusion.
The most common use is to run Windows and get access to proprietary Windows apps that are not available for the Mac … As if that’s not cool enough, Fusion will let you do a few more things: You can share data between the "guest operating system" and the Mac. You can set some Windows apps to be the default app for specific kinds of documents. And you can run Windows apps in their own, separate windows on the Mac, so they look more like native Mac apps.
In addition to VMware Fusion, there are a lot of other great apps on the InformationWeek Top 19 Mac Apps list that I personally use daily including TextWrangler, Adium, Evernote, Things, and Tweetie. So, I highly recommend you check out the InformationWeek Top 19 Mac Apps list to find some great apps you may not be using today but should check out.
If you aren’t already using VMware Fusion, download a 30-day trial and see why VMware Fusion is the top app for running Windows on a tight budget.
Amazon is a great partner, and we’ve always been happy to see ourselves consisently up on their constantly updated "Mac Software Bestsellers" (as of today, we’re #4, just behind Microsoft Office 2008 and 2004 for Mac and Mac OS X Leopard…great company to keep!) all while gettting solid user reviews.
Thinking it’s probably gonna be a tough row to hoe to get past Mac OS X Leopard and Microsoft Office for Mac, be it 2004 or 2008*. But a guy can dream, right?
*But why run Office for Mac, when you can run your current office for Windows, under VMware Fusion? ; )