Thursday, 6 November 2008

VirtualBox, another virtualization app

I am a big fan of VMware, and have used it a fair bit however I was recently looking for a virtualization app with a small footprint that would run on my laptop. VMware Server would work just fine but I was very curious to see what else is out here. I came accross a free tool called VirtualBox and have been very pleased (so far).

"VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD."

It is a relatively small download (33MB) and a very clean install. I downloaded an ISO image of Ubuntu 8.10 (desktop) and was up and running in no time.

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