Download of the miniute: VirtualBox (Free open source version of VMWare) Windows Mac and Linux ~ Ask The Admin

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Download of the miniute: VirtualBox (Free open source version of VMWare) Windows Mac and Linux

We were just tipped off to this free open source virtualization. From the authors home page (Link @ The Bottom of Post):

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Macintosh 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), and OpenBSD.

It looks like they released a new version last month:

This new version brings hundreds of improvements, more than any update since the
first official release in January 2007. Among the new features are full support
for 64-bit Linux hosts, RDP session shadowing, clipboard synchronization and
easier Linux host interface networking. In the storage department, VirtualBox
now supports VMware disk images (VMDK) natively and can give virtual machines
access to physical disks and partitions ("raw disk support"). The graphical user
interface has received more polish and has now been translated into 12 languages
(German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Arabic,
Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese). Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
(RHEL5) and Xandros Desktop 4.1 are now officially supported; support for
FreeBSD and OpenBSD guests has been improved. As with its predecessors,
VirtualBox 1.4.0 is available both as Open Source under the GPL as well as under
a commercial license which, in most cases, allows you to use the product free of

Some comments from apparently happy users:

  • *.vmdk support is a great plus! Now the step from VMware to VirtualBox is really small. And a great plus for the ease of installation, vmware is a lot more complicated.

  • Ever tried VMware on XP Home (like my poor Laptop)? You need Microsoft IIS wich is only available for XP Pro. So VirtualBox is a nice alternative here.

  • Damn Small Linux 2.0 works damn well in VirtualBox!

We just loaded it up on Windows Xp and we are going to give a few OS's a run for their money... Any requests? [Virtual Box]