VMware Fusion 6 vs. Parallels

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I started using VMWare Fusion 6 a few months ago so that I could run a few Windows programs easily on my Macbook Pro Retina.  Since then I have been exceedingly happy with VMWare Fusion 6 and surprisingly have no complaints so far.

The question has come up as to why I picked Fusion 6 instead of Parallels or VirtualBox.  As to VirtualBox I can say that I have found it to be a bit flaky sometimes.  It’s not a horrible piece of software, and it does what it’s supposed to do 99% of the time, but that 1% of the time when it doesn’t can be a real pain in the butt.  Being that I’m willing to pay for software that I use that left me with picking between Fusion 6 and Parallels.

I guess this is the point in time when I’m supposed to wow you with some in-depth analysis about virtual drivers and resource allocation differences between Parallels and Fusion 6.  I should spout some inane drek about how Fusion 6 is vastly superior to Parallels because of some ingenious engineering, but sadly that’s not the case.

The fact of the matter is that I have used Parallels in the past and thought it was a fine piece of virtualization software.  Since I already had experience with Parallels I decided to use Fusion 6 to see how I liked it.  Once I installed the trial version of Fusion 6 I found it works very nicely, and then after spending a few days configuring my Windows Virtual Machine the way I liked it I decided that I didn’t really want to bother trying out the new version of Parallels since I had a working solution so I spent the $60 for the registration code for the trial.

Newbies have the mistaken belief that “senior” techs always have some wise and profound reason for making the choices that they do. The fact of the matter is sometimes they just think, “F’ it.  It’s good enough.  I need to get back to working on something that’s actually important.”

If you want to take a look at VMWare Fusion 6 you can find it here: http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/ 

I won’t say whether it’s the “best” option on the market, but it’s good enough for me.


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of GeekBrainDump.com and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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