VirtualBox 4.2.0 Beta 1

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

Some of the features of VirtualBox are:

  • Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don't have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.
  • Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.

Download: VirtualBox 4.2.0 Beta 1 | 89.9 MB (Open Source)
View: VirtualBox Website | Release Notes

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I jumped from VirtualBox to VMWare Player and I'm glad I did. Even the Player version of VMWare is more advanced than VirtualBox.

xankazo said,
I jumped from VirtualBox to VMWare Player and I'm glad I did. Even the Player version of VMWare is more advanced than VirtualBox.

+1
It's way ahead in features and ease of use.
And it's just as expensive

Anyone know how good Win 8 runs in VB? I'd love to try out Win 8 before it comes out, but I haven't downloaded any of the public previews etc. I suppose in VB it'd be alot easier but if it runs like crap I won't bother

LOC said,
Anyone know how good Win 8 runs in VB? I'd love to try out Win 8 before it comes out, but I haven't downloaded any of the public previews etc. I suppose in VB it'd be alot easier but if it runs like crap I won't bother

Runs fine here, but I wouldn't try to play Steam games from it.

Added experimental support for Drag'n'drop from the host to Linux guests. Support for more guests and for guest-to-host is planned.
about damn time they start working on drag-and-drop to/from guest support