I consider myself to be one of the most active VMware Workstation Evangelist through out the history of the product
so I often thought about writing a book about it.
Here is a short summary – a completely biased review of the versions …
Until today I thought the story would end with chapter 15.
|WS 1||this was released before I noticed the program|
|WS 2||first contact: interesting but a bit obscure|
|WS 3||wow – this is cool|
|GSX 2.5||fastest hosted product ever – most efficient use of available RAM and CPU|
|WS 4.0||why did you change the snapshot-format ???|
|WS 4.0.2||new snapshot-format is not that bad ….|
|WS 4.1||what the hell is this – are you serious ???|
|WS 4.2||ok – bugs fixed|
|WS 4.5.3||fastest Workstation ever
first version that runs from a Windows LiveCD
|WS 5||good build|
|GSX 3||best “Workstation” ever for production use|
|WS 6||good build|
||Virtual Box starts to be a real competitor|
||wow – a free version !|
|GSX discontinued||why ?? – why discontinue a product that really rocks ???
why didn’t VMware continue GSX as the paid product and
release a slightly crippled WS as a free version to compete with Virtual Box ???
|VMserver 1||nice – but in its crippled state no replacement for GSX|
|WS 6.5.3||best build quality ever
best build ever to use from a LiveCD
in my humble opinion Workstation at its prime
I recommended it for production use without any doubts
|WS 7||most complete feature set ever available with the optional ACE package
first version that can be used with Linux LiveCDs
Windows based LiveCDs no longer make sense
|VMserver 2||a crippled product that did not really make sense to me|
|WS 8||feature to capture videos with audio disappeared – why ???
first build that could not fix sparse vmdks with problems
I stopped to recommend WS for production use
|WS 9||first build that had serious problems with the installer
Auto-protect feature: really ? – do VMware engineers have a mean streak ???
|WS 10 , 11, 12||come back of features that were working perfectly in WS 7 and GSX 3
this time they look rather experimental
|WS 12.0.1||I consider this to be the “last known solid build”|
|WS 12.5||I finally gave up all hope and started to think “so this is it …”|
|WS 14||this build alienated so many users as the new hardware requirements came as a complete surprise|
||Virtual Box now seems to be the more predictable product|
|WS 15||first build with major problems on the Windows platform
now released once a year ….
|?||until VMworld 2019 I thought the story would end here …
but then I saw the news about a new version running on top of HyperV
|looking forward to see the next version …. first time in years that I am excited about it again|
So hopefully this story goes on ….