back to article Desktop hypervisor fiends. Both of you. VMware's testing a new cut of Workstation

VMware’s quietly slipped out a Tech Preview of an update to Workstation, its desktop hypervisor for Windows and Linux. The most notable new bit appears to be a REST API that matches the one added to the 2017 edition of Fusion, VMware’s desktop hypervisor for the Mac. Once it arrives in Workstation it’ll allow automated testing …

It would be nice after all these years they would fix fundamental problems with their desktop hypervisors like Fusion being utterly incapable for automatically reconnecting to a vCenter server after the computer goes to sleep, instead of adding features like a REST API which few will use. Bugs like this show that their developers never actually use their own products in their daily workflows.

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VMware laid off all the Workstation devs and outsourced it. So you may literally be correct that the people writing this version never used the previous version.

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Also new is support for the Wayland Architecture, a popular remote desktop tool.

Do you mean the Wayland display server stuff? If so, yay! It's getting annoying not being able to use Wayland under VirtualBox, might give Workstation a look.

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Does anybody actually use Wayland? It doesn't work with anything remotely (pun intended) useful, so even Ubuntu has now abandoned it.

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Did Ubuntu ever use it? I thought they were doing their own thing called Mir. Which they have since abandoned?

I've not made heavy use of it, and I will confess to a real dislike of X, but wayland seems to be pretty responsive the few times I've tried it. (I always find vanilla X feel like there's a slight lag between me and the PC).

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I've always....

....like VMWare Workstation. Learnt ESX-i from an old engineer at last place I worked as it's quite different to Workstation.

However at new place I'm at they user Hyper-V so I'm having to play with that now. But getting it nested in VMWare Workstation is useful for playing until I turn my ESX-i dedicated machine into a Hyper-V machine.

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Re: I've always....

My favourite non-serious achievement of all time: VMWare Player hosting ESXi, which in turn hosted a Windows domain controller, a VCentre Server and a number of clients. All on a laptop. All worked pretty well, considering, required a bit of tweaking to allow hardware support for virtualisation to be nested down into the guests.

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