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?
You can see a more advanced version of what Jim did with his VMware Fusion Solaris VM and three USB sticks demo’d by some german colleagues of his in this video, where they use three separate USB hubs, each with four USB sticks in it, to demonstrate the redundancy of zPools and ZFS in a RAID-Z configuration.
Recently Macworld posted up a bunch of the sessions from the annual conference for viewing online. So we thought we’d join in on the fun too.
This may come under the heading of "You’re only getting to this now?" but now that we’re somewhat unburied from Macworld, we’ve pulled together some of our own experiences–pictures, customer quotes, and video–from the annual Mac pilgrimage to share back with the larger community. Our Macworld landing page has been updated with those items, here.
We even created a video compilation of great moments from throughout the show, from when Sinbad showed up to rave about VMware Fusion for Windows on Mac, to when a user brought by cookies and a thank you note to let us know how much he likes the software. Enjoy!