Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Does it make a difference in speed when I use a shared vm instead of a native os? I'm using Linux for web development with a laptop. My server isn't the fastest but it's nice to have this new feature in the new Workstation 8.

Does it makes sense when I want to learn? Does it works with compressed images?

share|improve this question
Do you want to run your laptop as a VM on a different machine, or do you want to run VMWare Workstation on your laptop with current image running as a VM? – Nils Magne Lunde Jan 17 '12 at 8:08
@Ole_Brun: I want to run it on my server. I've a vps and a desktop box. Would it run on a vps solution? – Phpdevpad Jan 17 '12 at 8:13
vps? Is this a virtual private server at some IPS or do you have a physical server? – Nils Magne Lunde Jan 17 '12 at 8:30
@Ole_Brun: A virtual private server at some IPS. At my home I've a deskop box. I can run the vm on my desktop box. – Phpdevpad Jan 17 '12 at 8:32
up vote 0 down vote accepted

It is hard to day exactly what the performance impact will be by virtualizing a physical machine, but working remotely towards a vps will most probably be slower. This is because the GUI will require a large amount of data to be transferred over the network. Personally I am sometimes working on remote machines through VMWare vSphere, and even though they run on powerful servers, it feels quite a lot slower than any of my local machines.

However, if you virtualize an old laptop and run it on a more powerful local desktop machine as a VM, you can actually get better performance.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.