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?
It was a great honor to be able to support the Apple Developer's Community by sponsoring last night's Macworld party at WWDC 15. It's great to meet so many developers keen to build future Apple based products. And humbling to hear stories of how many of them used Fusion Pro to engineer and and test OS X on OS X using our type 2 hypervisor.
The main benefits, according the well fed and overly-served crowd, seemed to be the ability have Yosemite, Mavericks and the beta of El Capitan all running side by side on the same hardware. Pretty cool stuff.
Everyone that attended the party left with a goody-bag that included a free copy of Fusion Pro. For the rest of you, please remember that Fusion & Fusion Pro are on sale this week only. Go get 'em!
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VMware Fusion users running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion virtual machine have reported graphics performance issues, especially in comparison to running previous OS X versions in a Fusion VM.
The Fusion engineering team identified the root cause as an issue with beam synchronization, which Apple introduced in 2007 to improve screen redraw and window management in OS X.
We're working hard to deliver a fix. Until the fix is released, here’s a customer-suggested workaround to temporarily disable beam synchronization. Making this configuration change will significantly improve graphics performance when running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion VM.
Thanks to @rtrouton for his blog post on the subject, and many thanks to VMware Fusion users for your support and patience while we work on this fix.
Although Christmas doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, the VMware Fusion team received an early holiday delight from PCMag.com – an Editors’ Choice award for VMware Fusion 7!
VMware Fusion has always had a loyal following and the product team has put a lot of effort into making it one of the leading solutions available to serve its customers. We have always believed that the solution uniquely offers an experience that is different than the competition and it is gratifying to see that sentiment echoed by an objective third party review.
PCMag.com praised Fusion’s “rock solid stability” and said, “VMware Fusion is like a well-equipped armored vehicle: it goes anywhere (and) it's unstoppable…” They also liked the vast array of operating systems Fusion supports and the fact that Fusion creates no visual clutter in OS X.
We can’t think of a better way to sum up the strengths of Fusion 7 than the reviewer’s final words,“…Fusion is the Mac app I prefer when I need to get some more-complicated work done in a Windows app under OS X.”
Many thanks to PCMag.com for taking the time to conduct an in-depth review, and thanks always to VMware Fusion users for your support.