Alternatives to VMware Fusion for all platforms with any license

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    VirtualBox

    VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris

  • VMware Workstation icon

    VMware Workstation

    Discover the true power and flexibility of your desktop or laptop computer with VMware Workstation. Reduce hardware costs by 50% or...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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    VMware Workstation Player

    VMware Workstation Player builds on the industry leading foundation of Workstation Pro, and delivers a streamlined user interface for...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

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    Parallels Desktop

    Parallels Desktop gives Mac users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at...

    Commercial Mac

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    Portable Virtualbox

    Portable-VirtualBox is a free and open source software tool that lets you run any operating system from a usb stick without separate...

    Free Windows

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    MobaLiveCD

    MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu". ...

    Open Source Windows

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    JPC

    PC is the fast Java™ x86 PC emulator. Features: - 100% pure Java - Runs as an applet - Modular and customisable - ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    OpenVZ

    OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as...

    Open Source Linux

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    Boot Camp

    Boot Camp is a utility by that assists users in installing Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or GNU/Linux operating systems on...

    Free Mac

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    bochs

    Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes...

    Open Source Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

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    bhyve

    bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 hypervisor that runs on FreeBSD.

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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    QEMU Manager Discontinued

    Qemu Manager is an easy to use management tool for the open-source QEMU emulator. It has a wealth of features for creating, managing...

    Free Windows

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    PCE

    PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators: PCE/atarist is an Atari ST emulator. It...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Paragon Virtualization Manager

    A powerful tool to help you easily migrate a Windows-based computer to a virtual environment (P2V) of a major virtualization software...

    Commercial Windows

  • Q (kju) icon

    Q (kju)

    Q is a free emulator software that runs on Mac OS X, including OS X on PowerPC. Q is Mike Kronenberg's port of the open source and...

    Open Source Mac

  • VMLite XP Mode icon

    VMLite XP Mode

    VMLite XP Mode offers similar functions as Microsoft Windows XP Mode, but doesn't require hardware virtualization. It allows you...

    Commercial Windows

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    FAUMachine

    FAUmachine is a virtual machine, similar in many respects to VMWare[tm], QEMU or Virtual PC[tm]. What distinguishes FAUmachine from...

    Open Source Linux

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    Parallels Workstation Discontinued

    + Professional-grade Virtualization for PCs: Simultaneously run a wide variety of Windows versions, Linux distributions, web stacks...

    Commercial Windows Linux

  • maComfort icon

    maComfort

    Brings Mac to Windows. Makes Windows feel and look like Mac. Enables features like Quicklook (file preview without opening), Spaces...

    Freemium Windows

  • VMmanager icon

    VMmanager

    VMmanager creates and manages virtual machines which can be used by the VMware-Player. The program generates all required VMX- and...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    WinOnX

    Run your Windows applications on OSX without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. ...

    Commercial Mac

  • USBFastBoot

    USBFastBoot is a small utility that helps you to quickly test your bootable USBs or disk images. It works for drives (USB, HDD and...

    Free Windows

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    Veertu

    Veertu is simple, light, secure virtualization software designed for Mac and available through the app store.

    Commercial Mac

VMware Fusion Comments

Running Mac OS X in a virtual machine on Mac OS X

Positive Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox Sep 2011

On VMWare Fusion 4 and Parallels Desktop 7, running Mac OS X within a virtual machine is now officially supported. You were previously able to do this with Virtualbox (sort of), but there was no official support for it, so the process was really complicated and didn't work too well. On the other hand, installing OS X on VMWare Fusion 4 is totally pain-free. All I needed to do to install Lion with VMWare was select InstallESD.dmg at the new virtual machine prompt. (InstallESD.dmg is a disk image of Lion that can be found by right-clicking the Mac OS X Lion installer app, clicking "Show Package Contents", and going to Contents->SharedSupport.) That was all there was to it. The Lion installer booted without a hitch, sound worked by default, and there are even VMWare tools available for OS X that increase the screen resolution. If only setting up a Hackintosh was this easy.

Parallels Desktop was far less compliant than VMWare. When I tried to install OS X, it told me that only the server version of Lion is supported. Lame...

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Running Boot Camp in a virtual machine

Positive Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop Jul 2011

I find it pretty cool that apps like VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop let you run your Windows partition inside a virtual machine on your Mac. I guess it's a pretty standard feature, but I definitely didn't expect it.

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Slick interface

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation Jul 2011

The user interface of VMWare Fusion is far slicker than VMWare Workstation. Fusion is simpler and more intuitive, and it's good on the eyes, too. There should be Windows and Linux versions of this.

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