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OSNews, Generic OSes InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy takes an in-depth look at VMware Workstation 7, VirtualBox 3.1, and Parallels Desktop 4, three technologies at the heart of 'the biggest shake-up for desktop virtualization in years.' The shake-up, which sees Microsoft's once promising Virtual PC off in the Windows 7 XP Mode weeds, has put VirtualBox -- among the best free open source software available for Windows -- out front as a general-purpose VM, filling the void left by VMware's move to make Workstation more appealing to developers and admins. Meanwhile, Parallels finally offers a Desktop for Windows on par with its Mac product, as well as Workstation 4 Extreme, which delivers near native performance for graphics, disk, and network I/O.
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RE[2]: I've given up on Parallels
by SamAskani on Thu 17th Dec 2009 15:58 UTC in reply to "RE: I've given up on Parallels"
SamAskani
Member since:
2006-01-03

Vmware Player has come a long way to handle the changes in the kernel and now it is quite pleasant. In earlier versions, you needed to "reinstall" manually the player (basically recompile the virtual devices and plug them into the running kernel).
Now, in the latest version, when you start the player it detects that the kernel changed and recompiles/plugs the devices in the fly. It just takes a few extra seconds than usual and it only happens when a new kernel is installed.

I think vmware nailed it nicely and made the extra effort to give the final user a consistent and polished solution.

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Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

No. Compiling should never be necessary. That is for developers, before the system is released, not for users.

What if we on Windows had to compile whatever when we upgraded VMware (or some other software). How many would like that? How popular would that software become?
Why should Linux users deserve any less?

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