VMWare is far inferior to Parellels
VMWare simply sucks, stay away from it.
Reasons? I was trying use my Windows machine to run Linux in a virtual machine. VMware is highly unreliable. The problem: after installation, whenever I start the VMware the first time, the whole PC almost freezes for almost 30 minutes, with a lot of disk activity. However, subsequent shutdown/startup of the VM is quick. Running speed is ok. Very repeatable behavior. Other people reported similar problems, but the solutions they suggest do not work. Installed Parallels, no such startup issues, and the VM is much faster when running.