Linked by snydeq on Wed 16th Dec 2009 20:13 UTC
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 think...
by BluenoseJake on Thu 17th Dec 2009 20:51 UTC in reply to "RE: I think..."
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But for Windows you have VMware Server, which is free!

Except that vmware server sucks. I hate that web management console, it's slow, it has no context menus, and I've had to reinstall vmware 3 times this year because all of a sudden I couldn't reach the damn server. Somehow, either vmware or Apache is corrupting it's config file. Nobody needs a full blown Apache + Tomcat installation to manage VMs.

VMware Server 1.x was a great product, 2.x blows, and it's all about the management console. That's why at home I'm now using Virtual Box and on Windows Servers, it's Hyper-V (It's free with the Win2k8 Server license)

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RE[3]: I think...
by bogomipz on Fri 18th Dec 2009 16:19 in reply to "RE[2]: I think..."
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Aha, I was not aware that the situation had become worse with newer versions. I was happily using VMware Server 1.x on Windows XP half a year ago, and when switching to OS X, I had to pay for Fusion because there is no free version for Macs, not even VMware Player. So I actually thought it was the Mac users that were the unlucky ones.

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