VirtualBox 2.1.2

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.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

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I love Virtualbox but it doesn't support booting off of images created in VMware or VirtualPC without modification, at least if are Windows 5.1+ , does it?

I just switched from VirtualPC to Virtualbox using the same XP virtual hard drive install and worked perfectly :)
(windows just installed a few drivers once it booted)

I really like virtualbox, but have 2 complaints:

1. shapshots are a mess! they need to fix this up and make it easier to use... looks like a dog's breakfast and is SO unintuitive right now :(

2. audio is screwed up for me, doesn't work (but no problems in vmware)

otherwise, it's a really great app, esp. with a 30MB size, compared to VMWare's 500MB! :O

m-p{3} said,
Bloat solid.
Why in hell should a virtualization platform take 1 Gigabyte of data at install?

And install a half dozen services using up important ram and cpu time?

Happy with VirtualBox, and i'll stick to it, imo.

Raa said,

And install a half dozen services using up important ram and cpu time?

Happy with VirtualBox, and i'll stick to it, imo.

lol. I assume you're referring to things like VMware's DHCP/NAT/etc services. Does VirtualBox provide access to the host's hardware? It DOES? Then it's *gasp* using a similar amount of resources!

VMWare Fusion requires 167 MB on my mac, much of which is documentation/localization. Workstation might be different, but Fusion is quite lean.

I stopped using this and went back to VirtualPC.

Why? For some reason VirtualBox kept hanging every time I tried to restart the guest OS.

I'll see if 2.1.2 fixes it.

Xenomorph said,
I stopped using this and went back to VirtualPC.

Why? For some reason VirtualBox kept hanging every time I tried to restart the guest OS.

I'll see if 2.1.2 fixes it.

Never had that problem myself, I love virtualbox!

Majesticmerc said,

Never had that problem myself, I love virtualbox!


Well, 2.1.2 works the same as 2.1.1 for me. I may stick with VirtualPC some more.

The seamless desktop integration of VirtualBox is awesome though.

lylesback2 said,
Still no Aero :(

Do any VM clients support aero? I was always under the impression that the lack of ability to use the video card prevented this.

Majesticmerc said,
Do any VM clients support aero? I was always under the impression that the lack of ability to use the video card prevented this.

I was always under impression that this is all about laziness;) Everyone are lazy to make wddm driver and virtual graphic card for it.