Although not officially supported, I just tried to run Rhino 6 on VMware 15 and surprise, surprise, it seems to work very well. Even GPU rendering with Raytraced works without any moanings or complaints (using a GTX 980Ti).
Better support for NVMe disks enables me working with big files (CT-scans) without spending the workday waiting for file loading and saving.
I had this on my wishlist for long, not primarily for designing with Rhino, but for Grasshopper development with Visual Studio including GPU programming, and now it seems that it just worx.
Just wanted to let you all know. I have tested on the Workstation Pro version, but haven’t tried the free VMware Player yet (I’m myself on the 12.5 version still, but it seem like it’s time to move on to v15).
It would be nice to be able to code against the GPU directly from VMware, but it seems like that is a bit complex, if it’s possible at all.
I saw in some video (lost the link) that a certain “Jessie” at Microsoft actually got through to the GPU on Windows Subsystem for Linux, but it was a lot of tweaking. It seems like we’re still in the dark ages with VMs.
This is indeed good news! I will test on a Linux host with VMware.
I did manage to get Rhino 5 working on Linux on top of the Wine layer, I think 32bit only… it was working well for the most part, with the occasional crash. Rhino 6 no such luck.
I had it running on a Linux host vm using VirtualBox but it was too buggy and slow… unusable.
Maybe this will finally solve my long standing dream of a Linux version… sort of.
Delivering on my promise, I did test the latest Rhino trial on VMware15 Player on a Debian 9.6 host and Windows 10 guest.
The test wasn’t thorough but it runs almost like on a physical Windows machine.
(Beware if you have a Nvidia Optimus system you have to go through some loops and make sure Nvidia graphics are used when running the VM on a Linux host, otherwise forget it.)
Below, a screen capture of the OpenGL settings used with the VM.
Now, you should know that antialiasing means trouble! Don’t use it!
And you will run into some surprises working in rendered view, applying materials and other stuff related to rendering.
So far, for basic stuff, especially if you don’t leave the modelling environment too much, it seems reliable. But PLEASE!!! McNeel, think of your Linux users!!! I beg you!!!Or else we’ll all have to settle for FreeCAD
If you can use it in a Windows guest and a Linux host?!, you probably already have installed Nvidia proprietary drivers. Recent Nvidia drivers for Linux already account for Optimus technology which switches between on-board and discrete graphics. Before you had to install Bumblebee and go through some hoops or you’d get black viewports (I did).
I guess the thing with going against the tide is that it always depends …