VirtualBox 4.0.2.69518

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've used VirtualBox for years on my linux machine to be able to run Dreamweaver with no problems at all. In my experience it is a very solid VM. Just for fun I was even able to install a VM of Ubuntu on the VM of windows.

TRC said,
I tried to install Windows 98 but I couldn't even get past the startup disk without it freezing up.

Sorry 98 is eol there is no more support for its bugs

TRC said,
I tried to install Windows 98 but I couldn't even get past the startup disk without it freezing up.
If you check the forums you might find a fix. I had to add a tweak to the vm preferences to get Windows 2000 to install. The issue is with the emulated hardware running too fast for the installer.

NyaR said,

Sorry 98 is eol there is no more support for its bugs

Are you serious? First it's a bug with VirtualBox since Windows 98 works perfectly with the latest VMware and Virutal PC, and second one of the main points of virtualization is to run legacy software.

Thanks for the advice protocol7, I may try it again someday but for now Virtual PC is doing the job for me.

Umm... it is and is not open source
It's open source... but the compiled form that oracle offers is not, or so they claim

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox_PUEL

In summary, the VirtualBox PUEL allows you to use VirtualBox free of charge
for personal use or, alternatively,
for product evaluation.
In addition, academic use of VirtualBox is also permitted free of charge by the PUEL.

You can compile the OSE version yourself however
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Build_instructions

Pam14160 said,
To bad you cannot use Mac OS X. Would bet a great deal of money that Apple would sale a great deal of OS's.

You can, but 'legally' only the server edition. If I was allowed to disclose it then I would tell you that non-server additions have worked fine for me but it would be illegal for me to say that so I won't.