VirtualBox 3.2

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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Redmak said,

Copied straight from their homepage

They're in the process of updating the brand, they replaced Sun in a lot of places but there's a few missing

Rudy said,
They're in the process of updating the brand, they replaced Sun in a lot of places but there's a few missing

When it is installed, its icon it creates on the desktop is titled "Oracle VM VirtualBox." The main program window is titled the same, upon launch.

ObiWanToby said,
Is it even worth buying VMware anymore? Performance pretty good? Also can you use the same license of Windows for your VM as well as the host? It'd be nice to have a virtual environment for testing but not worth it if it requires another copy of Windows.

No. Doesn't matter what virtual machine product you use, you need a seperate licence for whatever version of Windows you are using in the guest VM.

Edited by testman, May 19 2010, 3:33pm :

testman said,

No. Doesn't matter what virtual machine product you use, you need a seperate licence for whatever version of Windows you are using in the guest VM.

Well obviously the windows licensing system is independent of that of the vm software.

Kinda blows that a single license can't be Vm'd as well.

Edited by ObiWanToby, May 19 2010, 7:22pm :

ObiWanToby said,
Is it even worth buying VMware anymore? Performance pretty good? Also can you use the same license of Windows for your VM as well as the host? It'd be nice to have a virtual environment for testing but not worth it if it requires another copy of Windows.

Hell ya its worth buying VMware. The lack of drag and drop is a deal breaker. At lease it was for me anyway.

testman said,

No. Doesn't matter what virtual machine product you use, you need a seperate licence for whatever version of Windows you are using in the guest VM.

This is only true for Windows "desktop" versions. Server licenses are different, especially enterprise. 1 license is usable for 4 VMs. So in the enterprise environment, it rocks for savings.

I prefer VMWare myself (like warwagon...drag and drop is a must have). I'm a Workstation/Fusion user myself. I honestly haven't used Virtualbox too much, but I always hear good things from it as an alternative.

ObiWanToby said,
Is it even worth buying VMware anymore? Performance pretty good? Also can you use the same license of Windows for your VM as well as the host? It'd be nice to have a virtual environment for testing but not worth it if it requires another copy of Windows.

You can use a separate copy of XP in Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate regardless of your VM program, but that's pretty much the only exception. I used to think it was the "XP Mode" using Microsoft's VM software only that that applied to, but I was mistaken.

soldier1st said,
a single license should be able to be used as much as you want.damn ms and them greedy buggers.

Then show your true colors and stop using Windows, if you feel that strongly about it.

I'm quite impressed with this latest release. Finally got multi monitor right, seamless on secondary monitors, CPU usage is way down, Osx works very well....
A winner.

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