VMware Workstation 5 now has memory sharing technology borrowed from the company’s ESX Server, plus a Teams feature that connects multiple virtual machines together in order to simulate and test higher-end applications on a programmer’s desktop system.
VMware 5 Out This Coming Week
Submitted by Tomas Gayoso 2005-04-10 In the News 26 Comments
After using 5 through the beta program I have to say that this is a big improvement to 4, I tried everything from RHEL4, Solaris 10 to OpenServer 6 and it had marked performance improvements. Good work guys.
How about a Solaris port…
There’s a introductory “Solaris 10 Operating System x86 Platform Edition” doc at the VMware web site, but had no luck following it.
How about your feedback? The documents is available at http://www.vmware.com/support/guestnotes/doc/guestos_solaris10.htm
Attach the “l” letter at the end of the above path. It’s been truncated.
VMWare 5 is available for electronic purchase now. It is Sunday so I guess that counts as the following week (since the article is from a couple of days ago).
Workstation 5 really is a great improvement over 4, I really recommend upgrading.
My favorite new feature is how if you tell it to go full screen, it changes the client’s resolution to match that of your screen. You can also resize the window and have it change the clients resolution as you drag.
This is one piece of commercial/proprietary software that I personally and we in our company are more than willing to pay for. VMWare has made my life so much easier regarding test installations/setups that it’s not funny anymore. I just love it
getting better and better.
Exist in Virtual PC for a long long time…
Guess i’ll have to upgrade, because i’ve had a lot of problems with VMWare 4.5, a lot of OS’s dont boot, maybe they’ll boot in VMWare 5.
a positive and longish review of vmware5:
Exist in Virtual PC for a long long time…
And this was so useful for Linux. I do not remember Virtual PC to support R&R or run on Linux at all…
It’s out now, for sure… installing it now
Has anyone tried Xen? I heard it was for having virtual installations of different Linux distros [correct me if i am wrong] and I heard it is also very fast?
I am yet to try it out!
VMWare is currently a bit more broad than Xen. VMWare will run any OS built for the x86 architecture. Xen will only run modified operating systems (e.g. compiled Linux and BSD kernels) and not Windows (unless you can license the source code and make the necessary modifications). Eventually, when the new Vanderpool extensions get into the next line of Intel chips, Xen will be able to handle Windows, but that’s a few years down the road.
“VMWare will run any OS built for the x86 architecture”
Anil. It doesn’t run BeOS 5.0.3 Personal Edition (and variants). For that, you need Microsoft Virual PC 2004.
Eventually, when the new Vanderpool extensions get into the next line of Intel chips, Xen will be able to handle Windows, but that’s a few years down the road
Actually Intel’s Vanderpool (or VT-i) extensions will be availble in new CPUs *this* year, and AMD’s Pacifica extension should be available *next* year, so not quite so long to wait 🙂
I’ve used VMware for many years and get on well with it, but I have to say that if Xen with Vanderpool/Pacifica works as well then I hope that EMC has already got their profit out of buying them up …
It doesn’t run BeOS 5.0.3 Personal Edition (and variants).
You could have fooled me. I was able to boot my BeOS 5.0.3 Pro install in vmware 4.
Does anybody know if VMWare runs better on Intel or Amd?
What’s with vmware not supporting FreeBSD as a host too?
If you’re referring to the beta of 5, then yes it’s slower as it has debugging turned on.
However the final v5 should be a lot faster, especially with video.
By the way, the final is now available for download for eval.
Typing this from my new Ubuntu 5.04 test in my freshly upgraded VMware 5. Both pieces of software look good 😉
“You could have fooled me. I was able to boot my BeOS 5.0.3 Pro install in vmware 4.” -Adam
Adam, BeOS is not fully functional under VMware. Run it under Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and you’ll see a world of difference vs. VMware. VPC 2004 has VESA 2.0 support, networking works and the timing is good.
What about Win4Lin Pro? Why doesn’t it make any “noise”? Reviews …
Does it not work as advertised (Win 2k, XP)?
Eugenia, didn’t you use to be a big fan?
I’ll still be using qemu for free.