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VMWare Fusion test

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If you want to run Windows on an Intel based Apple computer, there were two possible ways : Boot Camp, Apple's solution which allows you to natively install Windows on your Mac, but you need to reboot your computer each time you want to switch between Windows and Mac OS X. Second solution is Parallels Desktop, which allows you to run Windows along Mac OS X, into a virtual computer (tested here).

First solution allows Windows to directly access to the hardware, then allow 3D acceleration (and allows you to easily use games designed for Windows). Second solution allows you to save a reboot, but 3D games are forbidden : computer is virtual, devices are virtual too and don't support 3D acceleration (and, because of virtualization, performances are under “native” ones).

Here comes a new challenger, it's VMware Fusion, which promises us simultaneous 3D acceleration and computer virtualization.

  • 18/08/2007: Update for VMware Fusion 1.0 (3D is back).
  • 08/06/2007: Update for VMware Fusion 1.0 beta 4 (and there are not only good news).
  • 08/04/2007: Mouse issue with FPS fixed.
  • 07/04/2007: Update for VMware Fusion 1.0 beta 3.
  • 25/03/2007: First post about WMvare Fusion 1.0 beta 2.

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Parallels Desktop test

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After VMware Fusion, here comes a test of its challenger: Parallels Workstation. The version I have tested here is 3.0 which has a new interesting feature Direct 3D and OpenGL acceleration.

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Apple Mail (short) test: annoying issues

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When I upgrade to Mac OS X 10.4, I replaced Thunderbird by Apple Mail as mail client, as Mozilla software get major slowdown with this OS version (this issue was fixed later, then I came back to Thunderbird due to above issues). Even if this application covers my needs, it's not perfect.

First post on 13/06/2005

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