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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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boldingd
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2009-02-19

I've never gotten DKMS to actually work -- or save me effort against just re-building all the closed-source drivers I use by hand. Actually, looking back at it, it was probably more effort to use DKMS with ATI's binary driver on Debian 4 when I tried that a few years ago then it is to just re-run the installer every time the the kernel gets updated on the RHEL4 machine I'm using at work now. Which is sad.

Edit: and, if I recall correctly, the Open Source edition isn't missing anything that you'd care deeply about. The main thing I can think of off the top of my head is that the Open Source edition doesn't include utilization of the host's USB sub-system on the guest. That's probably not a big deal, in an enterprise environment; I use VirtualBox at work, and I've only ever used that feature once, to try to mount my iPhone on my Windows gues: it didn't work, and I haven't bothered with it since.

Edited 2009-12-17 19:08 UTC

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