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Run vmware virtual machines from OS X

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I previously used to write software using Ubuntu Virtual Machines from VMWARE workstation on a windows machine.   Recently My windows machine crashed and I have been given a mac.  
Is there anyway to run these same virtual machines from my new mac?

If so,  How do I set this up?
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You can use VMware Fusion like VMware Workstation. If you still have your Workstation VMs, you may have to use vCenter Converter Standalone to convert (V2V) your VMs to your Fusion setup.

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Using Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 you can use you exisiting VMware Workstation machines without conversion because Virtualbox can use VMDK format.

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 for free
https://www.virtualbox.org/

VMware Fusion 4.0
http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/overview.html

Parallels for Mac
http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/
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The only sucky part is that you have to pay for Fusion.   You just can't get vmware out of your wallet.
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Using Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 you can use you exisiting VMware Workstation machines without conversion because Virtualbox can use VMDK format.

Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 for free
https://www.virtualbox.org/
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Virtualbox is FREE!
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