Linked by snydeq on Wed 16th Dec 2009 20:13 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy takes an in-depth look at VMware Workstation 7, VirtualBox 3.1, and Parallels Desktop 4, three technologies at the heart of 'the biggest shake-up for desktop virtualization in years.' The shake-up, which sees Microsoft's once promising Virtual PC off in the Windows 7 XP Mode weeds, has put VirtualBox -- among the best free open source software available for Windows -- out front as a general-purpose VM, filling the void left by VMware's move to make Workstation more appealing to developers and admins. Meanwhile, Parallels finally offers a Desktop for Windows on par with its Mac product, as well as Workstation 4 Extreme, which delivers near native performance for graphics, disk, and network I/O.
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but it's not targeted to the end-user. The current hardware requirements are really steep and expensive.

But, better graphics and audio performance would make virtualization more compelling (sophisticated)for end-users, along the lines of what Joanna Rutkowska says she uses as her day-to-day - an Internet-connected VM that she doesn't worry about because she can delete or revert it if it gets rooted.

In contrast, she has one or more safe VMs that don't have net connectivity; I guess you could use shared, read-only storage to copy files back and forth among VMs.

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