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Parallels or Fusion continued

November 12, 2009

I have been switching between Parallels 5 and Fusion 3 over the last few days.    I’m not a geek so this is not a technical review of these products. I may end up deciding on the wrong one.

I need Windows at work so I’ve been testing these on Windows 7 public beta, an pretty early build 7100.   First of all I did a layman test using Windows Experience Index.

This is Fusion 3


This is Parallels 5


Parallels have a obvious win on graphics, I can feel that even I have not tried games or any fancy 3D business graphics. Having said this I didn’t feel any slowness in graphic response when using Fusion.

Next is about memory usage, below is fusion 3


This is Parallels 5


I also looked at the Activity Monitor showing all processes I noticed that VMWare assigned a memory block of 2.35G with 25 threads to the guest OS whereas Parallels uses 217M with 35 threads. Other applications opened in Parallels have their separate processes and ‘real memory’ consumed. Which way is better I don’t know.

Fusion 3 is native 64-bit as advertised while Parallels is sort of hybrid according to some information on the net.

Parallels is feature rich, my view, however for me I just don’t need those fancy view features such as below.


I normally use a single window, full screen or ‘use all displays in full screen’, that’s all. Talking about screen the 17 days trial copy I am using has a serious flaw which is that the screen would flicker from time to time and CPU load would spike to maximum for a second or two. That’s pretty annoying if it happens in the middle of my typing.

[Edited: Parallels is certainly marginally superior than Fusion on graphics, e.g. it boots faster bringing me to network login screen in about 50 seconds, Fusion takes longer to boot and once I logged in there’ll be 10~20 seconds of black screen. Desktop widgets are all placed on the wrong edge of the screen when boot up is done.]

Apart from Windows 7 I also tested them with Ubuntu 9.10, Parallels works well with the enhanced graphic supported, such as below, while Fusion 3 doesn’t.


Fusion or Parallels

November 7, 2009

I have tried VMWare Fusion and Parallels back in December 2007 it wasn’t quite ready for me.   The Fusion 2 beta that I tried in August 2008 was a lot better.    With my new MBP 13″ of course it’s time for testing these things again.

I tried Fusion 2.0.5 just prior to recent release of 3.0, finally it’s worth buying.

Well, not yet because Parallels 5 is also just released.   So I’ll have 17 days to see which one is better.

Comparatively VirtualBox 3.0.8 that I tried is lacking behind in many ways.

Parallels or not?

December 17, 2007

Just tried Parallels last night. It works fine in my MacBook but starting XP was a problem because it requires re-activation of my copy of XP. I have a copy of XP Pro with SP2, which is required by BootCamp, but it’s of OEM version. OEM version can’t be activated twice. Is Microsoft trying to make it difficult for people using OEM version? PC does crash once in a while and reinstalling is sometimes the only way out. I have about a month ago enquired at one of the shop for a full version and the guy asked for $321 and added that “…be quick price is going up…”. I opted for the OEM version at $135. There are also a few things that may be stopping me from using Parallels.

  • From Task Manager I see only 1 core running, performance downgrading?
  • Shared network, how am I connect to my office network (done, setup Macbook NIC to suit office network then both OS X and XP will share the connection) with fixed IP, gateways etc?
  • In XP mode I can’t use dual monitor
  • (edited) I can’t set clocks of OSX and XP to be the same, don’t know why.
  • (edited) I can access internet via office network alright but I can’t access network resources.

I guess my alternative would be slimming my current installation of XP such that it fits the maximum partitioned size of 10G in MacBook and have everything else saved in external HDD.

Ubuntu 7.10

December 4, 2007

I took my PC home, installed ubuntu again on partition and upgraded from 6.06 to 6.10 then 7.04 and eventually to 7.10. I got what I was hoping for, i.e. device driver to support widescreen of 1,440 x 900 and a nice GUI configuration available to switch between video card driver.

The upgrade took a fair while because there were some 9xx files and 1,xxx files to get for the last 2 upgrades. I intend to use that mostly at home while I use MacBook in the office running parallels.