As we had earlier post that Parallels is not supporting Readyboost on its Windows Vista installation due to USB speed issues. As Boot Camp allows to take advantage of the Readyboost feature as it is a native install, if one is OK with the dual boot that is a better option as the Vista performance experience index scrore using boot camp is 4.6.
But today I thought of experiementing with Vmware fusion to see how it performs when compared to Parallels. But to my surprise, the latest version 1.0b3 (build 43733) is real kool and works by booting to Boot Camp partition ( Parallels does not yet support this for Vista) and takes advantage of Readyboost as well.
Here is the steps what I did in my Intel compatible Macbook Pro:
Thats all, now I have Windows Vista which can either boot using Boot Camp as natively or through Vmware Fusion and Readyboost works in both ways except that Aero theme will be missing when ran with VM and thats a well known issue in the world of virtualization.
Here is the few missing features when compared to Paralles:
- Coherence is absolutely a needed and lovable feature by everyone in Parallels, which is totally missing in VMWare
- Changing from Full-Screen to regular and regular to full-screen takes some time in VMWare; where is Parallels it is instant and animation is too cool.
- The performance in Vmware is not that optimal compared to Parallels even after installing VMware tools and disabling the debug logs. May be future releases will address this. But not really bad as it works perfect for general development use.
- Overall its good time for us and we have to wait and see who wins in the race..either VMware or Parallels …am neutral at this time.