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VMware has revealed that surging second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has impacted at least one of its products. In a post detailing progress towards a native Apple M1 version of the company’s Fusion macOS desktop hypervisor, product line manager Michael Roy revealed that in-house code is currently capable of running …

  1. Manolo

    Clarification please

    "The VMs were idling, but running on battery power, without fans."

    Were they running on virtual batteries, with the virtual fans off?

    Or does the author mean that the hardware on which the VM's were running was on battery power, with the fans off?

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Clarification please

      The latter (the M1 MB Air has no fans FWIW). From the blog post:

      "I have 7 ARM VMs booted at once… 2 are CLI only (Photon and BSD), the others are full desktops… each is configured with 4CPU and 8GB of RAM. 6 different Linux flavors and 1 FreeBSD… MacBook Air. On battery. No fans. Yep."


  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Eggs, basket

    Donation? Um, no. It was VMware offshoring products to India for cheapness that made me look for other solutions, after using Workstation for more than a decade. How about you stump up some of those payroll savings for those Indian charities?

    VMware, you want to think globally? Fine. I'm going to donate locally. (And have)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Eggs, basket

      It didn't fill me with confidence either when I read that.

  3. katrinab Silver badge

    There is a developer preview of Windows on Arm which you can sign up for. And you can install it on a beta version of Parallels. It works as well as can be expected for pre-release software, and doesn't require you to find keygens and install images on torrent sites or anything like that.

    I'm pretty sure Microsoft will make this available for purchase at some point, possibly as something you can buy from Parallels / VMWare as an add-on for their products. There is certainly a market for it, and I'm sure they won't object to making money out of it.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    We'll at least they're honest. They just served noticed to the X number of Apple Silicon Adapters that no Win10 VM is coming in the foreseeable future.

    1. Elon

      Covid Waves

      Is the Covid-19 waves effect on digital signals??

  5. Elon

    I never think that it happens to...:(

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