January 18, 2012 9:11 PM
Are Mac-based Windows VMs be as good as the real thing?
about to get my eye back into .Net development on Windows and C
development on Linux, primarily so I can do a couple of projects I've
been promising myself for ages I'd have a bash at. Being the user of
a proper computer, this means I need to run Windows on my Mac.
I could dual-boot it, I guess, I'd prefer to have the two OSs running
side-by-side; being old and out of touch I asked my Mac-owning,
virtualisation specialist colleague what I should be using and he
reckoned VMware Fusion was the way to go.
one, then, was to run up Windows 7 and Debian Linux as virtual
machines. Debian was an absolute breeze - download the
network-install CD image, boot the VM from the virtual CD hooked into
the ISO image, answer a few questions then leave it overnight to
download and install a boatload of stuff.
Windows is similarly easy
to set up, though it was a little disconcerting that the VM hung
halfway through unpacking the files at the first attempt. (Oh, and
when the installer's really thrashing away, the host OS runs like a
dog - but that probably means I just need to tweak the resource
allocations a bit).
As I write the Windows installer has unpacked 99% of its files and we're looking good. I'll report back on whether Visual Studio is as usable on a Mac-based Windows VM as it is on a three-year-old HP laptop ...