compared to Workstation under XP running the same VM
- even though the Mac is much more powerful.
The current VMware Fusion beta is a debug build. It has lots of extra code to make sure that any exotic error cases are caught and reported with full debugging information.
As with all our products, our release candidates will have the debugging code removed. Once it's removed, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the performance.
2) No snapshots, didn't find any mentions in the
forums - are they planned?
We haven't announced snapshot support.
If you search around in the forums a little closer, though, you'll find people have discovered snapshots on power off are part of Fusion, which came along as part of the power of the VMware platform:
There's currently no user interface to take or revert to snapshots on demand, however.
Fair enough on the debug code, and thanks for the pointer to the posting (missed that in the search).
It's a bit hard to evaluate fusion with both those features though - performance is key, and I rely heavily on snapshots to construct different demonstrations for customers on a same core image (not that I would ever do a demo on beta software!).
On the other hand, your primary competitor doesn't do snapshots at all at the moment.
Should we expect a beta refresh before the commercial release? If so, I'll probably postpone further testing until then.
To be fair, these are betas - not evaluation copies.