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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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RE: I don't think....
by flanque on Thu 17th Dec 2009 05:42 UTC in reply to "I don't think...."
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

Are you sure it's VirtualBox that's the issue, or just the hosted OS that doesn't play well with what VirtualBox offers up?

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RE[2]: I don't think....
by Laurence on Fri 18th Dec 2009 09:57 in reply to "RE: I don't think...."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Are you sure it's VirtualBox that's the issue, or just the hosted OS that doesn't play well with what VirtualBox offers up?


It's a bit of both, but I've had countless problems with VBox - particularly with VBox 3.0.x.

In fact, I've been forced to downgrade to 2.1.4 just to keep my VM alive (and even then it only works with 1 VM - any more and the whole machine dies).


I've been toying with the idea of wiping the system and installing VMWare instead, however VMWare does have some features that I do like and it is easy to maintain in a command-only environment.

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RE[2]: I don't think....
by strcpy on Fri 18th Dec 2009 15:23 in reply to "RE: I don't think...."
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Are you sure it's VirtualBox that's the issue, or just the hosted OS that doesn't play well with what VirtualBox offers up?


In all fairness, I must confess that I am sick and tired of hearing the ethos that an OS is broken or bad or whatnot if it does not work under virtualization. Several times I've seen an OS that works perfectly fine with real hardware but fails to work when inside a VM. In these cases the VM is always the one to blame.

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