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VMWARE Fusion 4 – the apple from the Garden of Eden

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You could wonder if VMWARE Fusion 4 is the work of the devil.  Or perhaps it’s the snake from the Garden of Eden.  Or in the ultimate irony and twist of fate, perhaps VMWARE Fusion 4 is the apple from the Garden of Eden, offered by Eve to Adam, which was responsible for the downfall of Mankind.

That’s exactly what VMWARE Fusion 4 seems to be.  It’s a temptation.  Fusion 4 from VMWARE allows Mac OS X users the capability to run a Windows operating system on a Macintosh.  Or worse, it allows the wholesale migration of an entire existing Windows machine into the Mac.  Why would anyone want to do that?

I and other true-blue Mac users know that a Windows operating system should never be installed on a Mac.  To install Windows on a Mac would be like seeing a velvet Elvis hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris.    It simply is not done.  And you don’t have to explain this to people who understand.  You don’t have to convince anyone at the Louvre why a velvet Elvis should not be there just as you don’t need to explain to true Mac users why Windows should never be co-mingled with the Mac.

We all understand why.  Steve Jobs said it best

The only problem with Microsoft is that they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste and what that means is – and I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way – in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product… Why is that important?  Proportionately spaced fonts comes from typesetting and beautiful books – that’s where one gets the idea.  If it weren’t for the Mac they [Microsoft] would never have that.  I am saddened not by Microsoft’s success – I have no problem with their success; they have earned their success for the most part. I have a problem with the fact they make really third-rate products. – Steve Jobs

Boot Camp

This is why I have avoided Mac Boot Camp.  Boot Camp provides the capability to install Windows in a partition on a Mac computer.  It’s probably the case the Steve Jobs, a good  business person, reluctantly agreed to building this capability into a Mac.  Perhaps this  provided an opportunity to win more Mac users if Apple offered a machine that could run both the Mac and Windows operating systems.  So, Boot Camp may be Apple’s offering of redemption in the post apocalyptic Garden of Eden that we now live in where the majority of personal computers are based on Microsoft Windows.

A moment of weakness

In a moment of weakness I decided to see what the snake was offering.  You can get a 30 day trial of VMWARE Fusion 4 from the VMWARE website.

I downloaded the software and installed it.  VMWARE Fusion is essentially the Mac version of market-leading virtualization software.  VMWARE has been around for a long time.  It’s rock-solid software.  It’s big brother, VMWARE ESX, is used by many large corporations to host business-critical software.

The installation was easy and flawless.  To get a better idea if this artifact from the Tree of Life connecting heaven and the underworld could fulfill its promise I used Fusion to install Windows XP PRO SP3 from a retail installation disk that I just happened to have handy.

If you take the easy route and let Fusion 4 make all the decisions for you then you  will find that the Windows running in Fusion has the Mac have seamless sharing of files between the Mac and Windows.  Your Mac files will show up on the Windows Desktop and in a folder.  When running Mac OS X and Windows changes made in one operating environment show up in the other environment.

So, bottom line, it works.  Windows XP Pro boots in less than 30 seconds on my Mac-mini dual core Intel machine.

The Take

I don’t think I have “compromised” (as in “violated”) my Mac by installing Windows in this way.  My Mac and OS X was safely protected by a layer of virtualization as provided by VMWARE Fusion 4.  So, “No Mac products and no Mac ideology/philosophy were harmed” by my brief experiment.

I can easily see that those will lower standards will jump at the chance at running Windows on a Mac computer.

At a price of $50 VMWARE Fusion 4 for the Mac is tempting.

Such temptation is a way of sorting people out.

There will be those who would want to hang a velvet Elvis in the Louvre and those who would never allow it.

And there is no rational argument to convince either camp to change their minds.

People sort themselves out.


On the historical evidence the Eve was Adam’s second wife in the Garden of Eden

Written by frrl

November 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

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  1. VirtualBox also works very well running Windows and Ubuntu on OS X, and is completely free.

    Elwood Downey, WB0OEW

    November 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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