Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE: Comment by mpxlbs
by segedunum on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by mpxlbs"
segedunum
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2005-07-06

Not claiming to know what this will mean for the future of Sun, I personally fear for Virtualbox...

I wouldn't really. It's GPLed and in many ways it makes a far better desktop virtualisation platform than VMware Workstation. It can also be expanded in an infinite number of ways as well. There's nothing completely comparable to VirtualBox.

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RE[2]: Comment by mpxlbs
by Hiev on Wed 18th Mar 2009 14:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by mpxlbs"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

it makes a far better desktop virtualisation platform than VMware Workstation

Joke of the year.

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RE[3]: Comment by mpxlbs
by segedunum on Wed 18th Mar 2009 16:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mpxlbs"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Joke of the year.

Discussion and reasoning were never your strong points ;-).

I've been using VMware Workstation as well as various other VMware products using the same codebase, and it is a pretty large bloated mess. You only need to look at how much larger the installer is compared with VirtualBox to see how much of a 'joke' it is. VirtualBox also has a far better desktop console that, lo and behold, actually works well cross-platform whereas VMware are ditching theirs in favour of a woeful web interface. It gets more woeful every time I use it now. Oh, and VirtualBox is free.

VMware is living on borrowed time. The joke's on them unless they do something.

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RE[3]: Comment by mpxlbs
by Moulinneuf on Wed 18th Mar 2009 23:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mpxlbs"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Joke of the year.


Actually the joke here is you forgetting that now the two could be merged and are still discussing the way it was ...

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RE[3]: Comment by mpxlbs
by j-kidd on Thu 19th Mar 2009 23:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mpxlbs"
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2005-07-06

Things that do not work when running VMware Server/Workstation with Linux as the host:

- Sound: VMware does not support ALSA and has broken support for OSS. VirtualBox supports ALSA, OSS, and PulseAudio.

- Wireless bridging: VMware used to be better than VirtualBox in this, able to handle bridging with wired connection easily. Now VirtualBox can bridge both wireless and wired connections easily.

Things that VirtualBox does better:

- Ability to set Bios time: With "VBoxManage modifyvm -biossystemtimeoffset", you can, for example, set your virtual machine's time to be 365 days in the past, yet have it "in sync" with your host's time (i.e. always 365 days slower).

These things can be vital for home users. VMware has definitely lost its edge in this particular market.

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