VMware Fusion

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VMware Fusion
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VMware Fusion running Windows 8.1 on Mac OS X 10.10
Developer(s) VMware, Inc.
Stable release 8.1.1 / December 8, 2015 (2015-12-08)[1]
Operating system OS X
Platform Apple-Intel architecture
Type Hypervisor
License Commercial proprietary software
Website www.vmware.com/products/fusion/

VMware Fusion is a software hypervisor developed by VMware for computers running OS X with Intel processors. Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualization, hardware virtualization and dynamic recompilation.

Overview[edit]

Fusion, made possible by the Apple–Intel transition, marked VMware's first entry into Macintosh-based x86-virtualization. Fusion uses Intel VT present in the Intel Core microarchitecture platform. Much of the underlying technology in Fusion is inherited from other VMware products, such as VMware Workstation, allowing Fusion to offer features such as 64-bit and SMP support from the first beta version onward.

Fusion 1.0 was released on August 6, 2007, exactly one year after being announced.[2]

The software allows user to simultaneously run OSX and Windows with configurable settings allowing user optimization of the experience.

System requirements[edit]

  • Any x64 capable Intel® Mac® (Compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors or better)
  • 4 GB of RAM (Minimum)
  • 750 MB free disk space
  • 5 GB free disk space for each virtual machine (10 GB or more recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.9.0 or later[3]
  • Operating system installation media for virtual machines
  • Optional: nVidia GeForce 8600M, ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better graphics for Windows Aero support

Version history[edit]

Version Released Notes
1.0 August 6, 2007 First release (following 4 betas).
1.1.0 November 12, 2007 Support for Leopard, Boot Camp, and improvements to DirectX support and Unity.
1.1.1 January 24, 2008 Various bug fixes.
1.1.2 April 23, 2008 Support for Time Machine and various bug fixes.
1.1.3 May 30, 2008 Various bug fixes.
2.0 September 12, 2008 Multiple Snapshots with AutoProtect, Improved Unity, DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 2 3D, and support for Mac OS X Server guests.
2.0.1 November 14, 2008 Various bug fixes.
2.0.2 February 11, 2009 Import from Parallels, supports Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 host, mounts DMG images, supports Ubuntu 8.10 in Unity mode.[4]
2.0.3 April 2, 2009 Various bug fixes. Adds experimental support for Snow Leopard Developer Builds.[5]
2.0.4 April 9, 2009 Fixed Host code execution vulnerability.[6]
2.0.5 June 23, 2009 Support for Nehalem Mac Pro. Experimental support for Mac OS X 10.6 as guest. Support for Ubuntu 9.04 as guest. Various bug fixes.[7]
2.0.6 October 1, 2009 Fixed issues when running on Snow Leopard. Fixed issues with NVidia graphics cards on Mac OS X 10.6. Various bug fixes.[8]
2.0.7 April 8, 2010 Fixed security issues, accepts VMware Fusion 3 license keys.[9]
2.0.8 December 2, 2010 Maintenance release fixing Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) issue CVE-2010-4297.[10]
3.0 October 27, 2009 Added support for Windows 7 with Aero. Full 64‑bit compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 host and guest. DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3 3D. WDDM-compatible display driver.
3.0.1 December 10, 2009 Improved 3D & video performance, full support for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), 64‑bit networking subsystem, improved VMware Importer, improved VM resume times.[11]
3.0.2 February 18, 2010 Fixes a problem so that the latest release of Mac OS X 10.6 Server (Snow Leopard) can run in a virtual machine.[12]
3.1.0 May 25, 2010 Improved 3D & video performance, improved Unity view performance and integration, USB EasyConnect, improved migration assistant, 8‑core SMP support, increased virtual hard disk size, updated operating system support.[13]
3.1.1 August 12, 2010 Various bug fixes. VMware vSphere 4.1 is now supported as a guest operating system.[14]
3.1.2 December 2, 2010 Fixes various bugs and security issues.[15]
3.1.3 May 31, 2011 Fixes various bugs and security issues.[16]
3.1.4 April 13, 2012 Fixes a bug with starting virtual machines on OS X 10.7.4.[17]
4.0 September 14, 2011 Run Lion, Lion Server, Snow Leopard, Snow Leopard Server, and Leopard Server in virtual machines, up to 2.5x faster 3D graphics, add Windows programs to Launchpad, view in full screen, or in Mission Control.[18]
4.0.1 September 14, 2011 Contains an update that ensures that disk buffering is enabled when set to automatic.[19]
4.0.2 September 27, 2011 Addresses an issue starting virtual machines running a forthcoming version of Mac OS X Lion.[20]
4.1.0 November 17, 2011 Added support for Lion's full screen mode, improved performance, and reintroduced the ability to turn on virtual machines automatically when VMware Fusion is opened.[21]
4.1.1 November 23, 2011 Reintroduces the Mac OS X Server check after it was inadvertently omitted from 4.1.0.[22]
4.1.2 April 12, 2012 Adds early host and guest support in preparation for the future release of OS X Mountain Lion.
4.1.3 June 13, 2012 Various bug fixes[23]
4.1.4 November 8, 2012 Various bug fixes[24]
5.0.0 August 23, 2012 VMware Fusion 5 has been revamped to take advantage of new technologies only available in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs
5.0.1 August 30, 2012 Improved handling of USB devices[25]
5.0.2 November 8, 2012 Various bug fixes[26]
5.0.3 March 14, 2013 Various bug fixes[27]
5.0.4 December 11, 2013 Various bug fixes[28]
5.0.5 July 3, 2014 VMware Fusion 5.0.5 has been updated to the OPENSSL library version openssl- 0.9.8za where necessary to address CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2010-5298, and CVE-2014-3470.[29]
6.0.0 September 3, 2013
6.0.1 September 19, 2013
6.0.2 November 5, 2013
6.0.3 April 17, 2014 Maintenance release which resolved some known issues[30]
6.0.4 July 1, 2014 VMware Fusion 6.0.4 has been updated to the OPENSSL library version openssl-1.0.1h where necessary to address CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2010-5298, and CVE-2014-3470.[31]
6.0.5 October 16, 2014 VMware Fusion 6.0.5 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues [32]
6.0.6 April 23, 2015 VMware Fusion 6.0.6 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues [33]
7.0.0 September 3, 2014 OS X Yosemite look and feel, support of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 8.1, optimized for Haswell Intel processors with performance improvements of up to 43% vs Fusion 6, allocate up to 2 Gb of video memory per virtual machine, improved support for Retina Macs® connected to non-Retina displays, energy impact reduced by 42%, automate GPU switching for dual GPU Macs, virtual web camera compatible with iSight and external webcams, improved guest OS compatibility, over 50 new features.
7.1.1 February 17, 2015
7.1.2 June 15, 2015 VMware Fusion 7.1.2 has been updated to use OpenSSL library version openssl-1.0.1m which addresses several OpenSSL security issues[34]
8.0 August 24, 2015 OS X El Capitan support for both host and guest OS; Windows 10 support for guest OS. New support for Ubuntu 15.04, Fedora 22, CentOS 7.1, RHEL 7.1, Oracle Linux 7.1, VMware Project Photon. Graphics support updated for DirectX10 and OpenGL 3.3. Improvements for encrypted virtual machines. Improved resolution settings. VMware vCloud Air Integration (Fusion 8 Pro only). Improved remote experience (Fusion 8 Pro only). Support IPv6 NAT network (Fusion 8 Pro only). Support the retina Macs, including iMac 5k and 12" MacBook. Echo cancellation for voice and video calls with Microsoft Lync and Skype. USB 3 support for Windows 7 VM's. Improved Start menu. Improved new VM creator.[35]
8.0.1 October 1, 2015 Maintenance Release. Fixes an issue involving installing El Capitan as a guest OS.[36]
8.0.2 October 29, 2015 Maintenance Release. Fixes issues with virtual machines crashing, and other compatibility fixes.[37]
8.1 December 8, 2015 Maintenance Release. Fixes issues with Windows 10 easy installation and other compatibility improvements.[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "WWDC: VMware brings virtual machines to Mac OS X". Macworld. 2006-08-06. 
  3. ^ "VMware Official Web Site: System Requirements". VMware, Inc. 
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  5. ^ "VMware Fusion 2.03". VMware. 2009-04-02. 
  6. ^ "VMware Fusion 2.04". VMware. 2009-04-09. 
  7. ^ "VMware Fusion 2.05". VMware. 2009-06-23. 
  8. ^ "VMware Fusion 2.06". VMware. 2009-10-01. 
  9. ^ "VMware Fusion 2.07". VMware. 2009-04-07. 
  10. ^ "VMware Fusion 2.0.8". VMware. 2010-12-02. 
  11. ^ "VMware Fusion 3.01". VMware. 2009-12-10. 
  12. ^ "VMware Fusion 3.02". VMware. 2010-02-18. 
  13. ^ "VMware Fusion 3.1". VMware. 2010-05-25. 
  14. ^ "VMware Fusion 3.1.1". VMware. 2010-08-16. 
  15. ^ "VMware Fusion 3.1.2". VMware. 2010-12-23. 
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  17. ^ "VMware Fusion 3.1.4". VMware. 2012-04-13. 
  18. ^ "VMware Fusion 4". VMware. 2011-09-14. 
  19. ^ "VMware Fusion 4.0.1". VMware. 2011-09-14. 
  20. ^ "VMware Fusion 4.0.2". VMware. 2011-09-27. 
  21. ^ "VMware Fusion 4.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2011-11-30. 
  22. ^ "VMware KB: Upgrading from VMware Fusion 4.1.0 and unsupported versions of Mac OS X". VMware. 2011-11-30. 
  23. ^ "VMware Fusion 4.1.3 Release Notes". VMware. 2012-06-13. 
  24. ^ "VMware Fusion 4.1.4 Release Notes". VMware. 2012-11-08. 
  25. ^ "VMware Fusion 5.0.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2012-09-04. 
  26. ^ "VMware Fusion 5.0.2 Release Notes". VMware. 2012-11-08. 
  27. ^ "VMware Fusion 5.0.3 Release Notes". VMware. 2013-03-14. 
  28. ^ "VMware Fusion 5.0.4 Release Notes". VMware. 2013-12-11. 
  29. ^ "VMware Fusion 5 and VMware Fusion 5 Professional Release Notes". VMware, Inc. 2014-07-03. 
  30. ^ "VMware Fusion 6.0.3 and VMware Fusion 6.0.3 Professional Release Notes". VMware, Inc. 2014-04-17. 
  31. ^ "VMware Fusion 6.0.4 and VMware Fusion 6.0.4 Professional Release Notes". VMware, Inc. 2014-07-01. 
  32. ^ "VMware Fusion 6.0.5 and VMware Fusion 6.0.5 Professional Release Notes". VMware, Inc. 2014-10-16. 
  33. ^ "VMware Fusion 6.0.6 and VMware Fusion 6.0.6 Professional Release Notes". VMware, Inc. 2015-04-23. 
  34. ^ "VMware Fusion 7.1.2 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-06-15. 
  35. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.0 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-09-08. 
  36. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.0.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-10-01. 
  37. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.0.2 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-10-29. 
  38. ^ "VMware Fusion 8.1 Release Notes". VMware. 2015-12-08. 

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