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Download of the Week: VirtualBox

By Jos
May 19, 2011
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  1. VirtualBox is a powerful cross-platform virtualization manager that will enable you to run a virtual operating system on your PC. You can run Windows and Linux on a Mac, for…

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  2. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Member Posts: 37

    Just started using VB this week (though I found it via a Google search and not here) to begin exploring Ubuntu a bit. It is quite easy to use, recommended to anyone who wants to try a different OS without too much hassle.
     
  3. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    VirtualBox is a great piece of software. I've used it for years, and it's just getting more powerful and easier to use at the same time. I was a bit worried when Oracle bought out Sun that this amazing software would get gimped or killed off, but they're still releasing updates and it's still the best way to try out new software.

    I'm constantly trying out new linux distributions and this is the best way to hop in and play with them.
     
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,110   +45

    Another GREAT app is VMware. WMware workstation is a AWESOME tool, but this one isnt free.
    Another alternative is Virtual PC, I believe this is Microsoft's version.

    These are the only ones I've used, and I have no knowledge of using Virtual Box.
     
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,110   +45

  6. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,578   +47

    Already got it about 4 months ago and couldn't be happier with it...Thanks to Leeky for the recommendation!
     
  7. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Member Posts: 49

    The biggest benefit of VirtualBox compared to the other two is that's it's free to use and it is available under Windows, OSX and Linux.
     
  8. freythman

    freythman TS Enthusiast Posts: 124   +10

  9. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Can I run XP on 7 64 home premium?
     
  10. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,122   +69 Staff Member

    @trillionsin that's the one I used
     
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    Yes you can, you can virtually install any OS (Guest) independently of your Host OS, however you cant install iOS on any virtual PC software, cus Steve Jobs is a duck ;)

    I use VMWare Workstation and it has paid every single penny, too bad they lost the support for old games like AOE II and such :'(
     
     
  12. Get it and try it now before Oracle starts charging for it, that's all I can say.
     
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    Good stuff! :D

    Always nice to hear success stories!

    EDIT:

    That is not strictly true.

    Last time I checked running a host with a 32 bit operating system you couldn't run a 64 bit guest operating system.

    You also need to have Intel's VT.x enabled on your CPU to run 64bit, and scale across multiple CPU cores.

    If however you have a 64bit CPU, with VT.x enabled, you can run pretty much any guest OS, with multi-core support for each one.

    VT.x = Intel's virtualisation technology. If its AMD it still needs virtualisation enabled.
     
  14. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 280

    How memory-intensive is the actual program? Like, say, how does it compare to Parallels?
     
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    @example1013
    The memory consumption is sod all until its running a Guest OS. Once running a Guest OS it will be consuming the RAM you've allocated, plus Virtualbox's overhead.

    I tend to find it pretty good, and have gotten away with running my Windows 7 guest OS with as few as 512MB RAM before, and Linux/Windows XP with as little as 256MB. Normally I just allocated 1GB to most OSes though, as having 8GB I don't need to be so worried.

    In short, its as frugal, or as heavy as you ask it to be.

    If you want to see anything specific let me know and I'll see if I can sort it for you when I have a minute.
     
  16. olibenu

    olibenu TS Rookie Posts: 24

    very cool app. runs in one of my workspaces constantly.
    sounds and graphics are a problem though
    updated mine (i use it on my fedora 13) and i couldn't import usb devices again.
     


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