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This series of articles documents an experience of installing, working with, and playing with VMware Fusion on a reasonably powerful iMac. On this iMac, a few virtual machines have been created with various operating systems - Windows Vista Ultimate, Ubuntu (Linux) Desktop, and Ubuntu (Linux) Server. Also installed and tested several powerful applications like Microsoft Office Ultimate, SQL Server, Visual Studio, Eclipse, and LAMP Servers on these virtual machines. These articles go from installing Fusion to comparing various virtual machines created with it. These articles also discuss the pros and cons of virtual machines, running online video on virtual machines, and compare browsers, office applications, and programming tools across virtual machines.
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This article documents getting and installing VMware Fusion virtualization software on an iMac running OS X. The iMac used here is reasonably powerful. The hard disk size requirements and the operating systems to be installed are also discussed. This article includes several screenshots of installing Fusion.
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This article talks about installing Ubuntu Linux virtual machine on a Mac with VMware Fusion. Details of the size of the Ubuntu Linux virtual machine are discussed. Also discussed is downloading and installing automatic updates to Ubuntu from within the virtual machine. Screenshots for the installation and updates are included.
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This article talks about using Ubuntu (Linux) on a Mac. This Linux virtual machine has been installed as a virtual machine using VMware Fusion. Here are some notes and thoughts on using that virtual machine. Couple of programming environments (Python from command line and Eclipse) are shown here. OpenOffice apps, sound, video, and Internet usage from this Ubuntu virtual machine are also discussed. Screenshots of how Ubuntu looks as a virtual machine are also included.
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This article talks about the usage and experience of running Windows Vista, Ubuntu Linux desktop and Ubuntu Linux server virtual machines on an iMac running OS X. VMware Fusion was used for creating these virtual machines. Sizes of these virtual machines after the installation of operating systems and some applications are also discussed. Browsers, office applications, and programming tools are compared across these three operating systems. And finally, the article closes with several pros and cons of virtual machines and Fusion.
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