Mac OS X and VMWare Fusion V2.0…September 18, 2008
While I want to dedicate this blog to photography and building a photography business, I am a technologist at heart and believe this is applies to the photography crowd.
A couple months ago I decided to buy my first Mac since the late 80s. Having recently purchased an iPhone 3G, I was interested in writing iPhone applications. Off to the Apple Store and local retailers I went looking for the cheapest way to re-enter the Mac world. Instead of boring you on the details, I found a demo 20″ iMac at a local store with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo and 250 GB hard disk for $749! An extra $100 got me to 4 GB of RAM. I Was a happy camper!
I have to tell you, I really like Microsoft Mojave… I mean, Vista. It works much better than ANY Windows OS I’ve used. Your mileage may vary, but even the initial versions worked well for me. I figured, I’d continue to use my Vista laptop as my primary machine, while using the Mac for iPhone development. Hmmmm… not so much.
The iMac and Mac OS X have converted me back to a “Mac-head” (or whatever Mac folks are called these days. While I still use my Vista machine on the go (tucking the iMac under my arm didn’t work out) or log in through Remote Desktop to use Internet Explorer on some sites, most everything else is done on the iMac. It simply works better.
I know, as an engineer “simply works better” is a terrible argument. Where’s the proof? Well, the iMac is rebooted only a couple time in the last couple months mainly for OS upgrades. The Vista machine… lots more. Plus, I just like looking at the OS X. I have an external 20″ monitor I share with the iMac and laptop and looking at OS X is really nice. I know… nothing concrete. Just look at them.
I’m not advocating you dropping Windows and running for OS X (a brisk walk will do!). In fact, I’m still doing my photo editing over on Vista, mostly for the portability of the machine. I’m sure I’ll catch a lot of flack on the ANPW, especially during the Aperture training. In fact Aperture will most likely be the reason I move photo editing and cataloging to the Mac.
For the odd application that hasn’t been developed for OS X I use VMWare Fusion. This application allows you to build a virtual environment for other operating systems from Windows to Linux right on your Mac. Basically, you’re running another machine INSIDE your Mac! I’m no stranger to virtual machines, but Fusion is really nice. The Unity mode of Fusion makes it look like the Windows application is running on the Mac. It’s very impressive.
The inital point of this post was to let everyone know that VMWare has just released version 2.0 of Fusion. Best of all, it’s a free upgrade to all Fusion 1.x users. Nice. I’m about to install, but wanted to give you the heads up.
I’ll continue to use my Vista machine for classic development (I’ve yet to find anything as good as Microsoft’s development tools), but will eventually move all other tasks to OS X. To my IT and development friends, I’m still drinking the KoolAide. It’s just a different flavor!