Although it was completely overshadowed in the press by the release of the VMware Fusion (the Mac product) public beta, we released our first public beta of Workstation 6.0 for Linux and Windows today, too.

There are a lot of exciting features in the beta already, with more lined up before we hit the final release. I won’t duplicate the release notes, but a few particularly neat ones are:

  • The ability to leave VMs running “headless” without a copy of the Workstation UI running, and then reattach to them the next time you start vmware.
  • Multi-head guests — we’ve had a bazillion requests for this one, and it’s finally here.
  • Solid USB 2.0 support, for just about any device you own.
  • Drag-and-drop files and copy/paste between your host and a VM.
  • Up to 8GB RAM per VM!

There’s a lot more that can be found in the Release Notes.

And one more thing — Workstation 6.0 on linux sports a brand-new, super clean-looking, slick, icon-themeable Tango face:

WS6 Screenshot

We’ve still got a ways to go before the final release. I invite you all to go grab the free beta, try it out, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to make it better.