A significant update to one of more well-known virtualization suites has been published, with Sun releasing the first self-named Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.0. While the update itself is light on technical improvements, it is the first update of the software since Sun acquired it earlier this year.

The update includes a performance boost and a wider profile of operating system support. The latter includes support for 64-bit operating systems, including Linux, Windows and Solaris. If you have used VMWare in the past and are a fan of virtualization on the desktop, this is definitely a worthy candidate for general-purpose virtualization. For the desktop it is completely free, and from my perspective is one suite that could definitely be an equal with VMWare as development continues.