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VMware Fusion delivers with native support for Apple silicon – IT Pro – News

I tried this yesterday on a 14″ MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro. It is not as stable as UTM. Windows 11 ARM took 15 minutes to get to the “starting setup…” screen and then hung, the Fedora VM crashed twice before it fully booted from the live ISO, I tried Windows again after rebooting, now it works better and Windows doesn’t come back At least it takes so long, so maybe that was just a coincidence.

VMware Fusion also doesn’t support GPU acceleration in Windows on ARM, and “software GPU” performance is very poor in VMware versus UTM. CPU and disk performance seems to be pretty much the same, VMware might seem a bit faster here.

Geekbench scores with 6 cores enabled in the VM:
VMware: 1449 (single) / 6773 (multi)
UTM: 1369 (single) / 6851 (multiple)

UTM also looks more user friendly. A simple wizard helps you redirect (maybe through a good gallery/wiki); By default all devices from network to audio work in Windows and only need guest utilities for optimizations, with VMware internet OOTB not working.
UTM has guest tools that Windows opens automatically after installation, and VMware now works with a weird PowerShell script. On Linux both OOTB should work (in Fedora it does).

In a VMware that has VMware Tools installed, Windows does not adapt to screen size/resolution, in a UTM system it does.

Tldr / Conclusion: I think UTM is more than enough for the majority. It’s possible that VMware will get faster support for GPU acceleration in Windows, I’m curious about that :)
Good thing there is now competition in the VM world for Apple Silicon.

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[Reactie gewijzigd door NanoSector op 19 november 2022 14:52]