I recently needed to decide which virtualization software to use on my new MacMini.
I see three main competitors for Desktop Virtualization on the Mac:
- Paralles Desktop for Mac (~ 80 €)
- VMWare Fusion (~ 70 €, now 40 € introduction price)
- Virtualbox (OpenSource / with Extension pack usage under their PUEL License)
Parallels and VMWare are commercial products while Virtualbox (at least the main part) is now OpenSource and if you use their Oracle Expansion Pack is at least free for personal use under their PUEL License).
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It proved to be hard to find some serious comparison of the three at a recent version. So I decided to make my own. Fortunately VMWare and Parallels provide time-limited demos of their software for evaluation purposes. I took that offer. Installed the three and made some testing and benchmarks.