Sun xVM VirtualBox reviews

Sun xVM VirtualBox reviews from past couple of weeks…

1. Virtualization smackdown: Sun xVM VirtualBox 1.6 vs. VMWare Server 2.0 Beta 2 — Jason Perlow, ZDNet Blogs, 5/21
Jason Perlow pitted VirtualBox 1.6 against VMWare Server 2.0 beta 2. In his evaluation, he stated: "xVM VirtualBox has the clear advantage of being the only free personal/SMB virtualization product that runs on all the major computing platforms – Windows, Linux, Mac, and Solaris." He then detailed his test platforms of Windows and Linux and the ease at which VirtualBox can be installed. Perlow concluded: "VirtualBox has the widest range of host system support and has the lightest hardware demands, and excels for single PC personal virtualization needs."

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2. It’s a bumper crop of VM goodness! — Randall C. Kennedy, InfoWorld, 5/20
In this article, InfoWorld’s Randall Kennedy examines VirtualBox 1.6 on the heels of a VMWare beta release. He’s quite positive about the release and the changes he sees since the recent acquisition of the product by Sun. Kennedy noted, "one feature, in particular, that seems to have received some polish is Seamless Windows." And in comparing the feature to VMWare’s implementation, he says, "the only difference is that Sun’s implementation actually works well. There’s none of the window shearing that makes Unity so difficult to stomach and performance seems at or near that of a locally executing application." Overall Kennedy concludes, "VirtualBox 1.6 is a solid release and one that shows how serious Sun is about producing a competitive, Open Source alternative to VMware Workstation."

3. VirtualBox: Open source virtualization with OOmmph!! — on life and bytes, 5/18
Ayo Binitie wrote that his initial apprehensions towards trying VirtualBox disappeared when he found it was a Sun product. Binitie said that after running into some initial problems running the virtual machine, VirtualBox worked perfectly. Binitie was particularly impressed by the seamless mode feature. He also noted that Windows XP ran faster on the Virtual Machine than it had previously as a prime OS.

4. How to test a new OS without installing it: VirtualBox — Computer Borders, 5/18
The Blogger wrote that VirtualBox is easy to install and by following the instructions provided it is possible to setup a virtual OS in a few minutes. The blogger advised users to be careful when deciding how much RAM to allocate to the virtual OS. The blogger also noted VirtualBox’s virtual USB controller, which allowed users to connect any USB devices to the virtual machines without installing specific drivers.

5. VirtualBox: Part II — Qense’s blog, 5/12
Sense Hofstede posted a continuation to a previous blog where he mentioned wanting to use VirtualBox to test Intrepid. He commented that since the kernel modules for VirtualBox are now in hardy-proposed repositories, he could use them to test the software. While he had problems with Intrepid, he noted: "At least VirtualBox works!"

6. OpenSolaris in VirtualBox — The Trouble with Tribbles…, 5/9
Peter Tribble found that while the claim that VirtualBox supports Solaris 10 is true, the procedure for making it work is not straightforward. He described the steps for integrating Solaris, and also tried running OpenSolaris, which he said ran well, except for an issue when it came to escaping the guest.

7. VirtualBox – New and Improved! — Vamsi Gaadi Gola, 5/9
Vamsi Kodali listed the new features of VirtualBox relevant to Mac OS X, highlighting better desktop integration, added support for clipboard integration and a fixed seamless mode. Kodali noted that added support for shared folders was something he missed in the earlier version, and that he had to get help getting the shared feature working in the previous release, so having the feature work out of the box is an improvement.

8. Why VirtualBox is better — My Stuff, 5/9
The blogger wrote that after unsuccessfully trying to load QEMU or Xen on his OpenSUSE 64-bit ver 10.3, he tried VirtualBox OSE, which "worked as a charm." The blogger commented that the proprietary version of VirtualBox worked better, with its support of USB and file sharing between host and guest OS. He wrote that VirtualBox, unlike Microsoft Virtual PC, ran well on Windows XP, but had a small issue with the screen resolution.


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