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RE[4]: Beta program....
by gilboa on Mon 27th Dec 2010 10:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Beta program...."
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

Would you mind on elaborating on "-far- more stable"?

I'm genuinely curious. I use vbox (and kvm) quite a lot on Linux and FreeBSD and haven't been scared off of vbox in the same way as vmware server. Vbox is quite stable for me, what are you seeing?


At least in my experience, when qemu/kvm goes down, it only takes the guest, when VB goes down, the host goes down with it.
As I don't have solid test-cases that continuously crash the host, I can't really back my claim.

- Gilboa

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RE[5]: Beta program....
by siride on Mon 27th Dec 2010 15:36 in reply to "RE[4]: Beta program...."
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I've never had the host go down. I've had guests crash of course (for legitimate reasons), but the host stays up just fine.

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RE[6]: Beta program....
by rycamor on Tue 28th Dec 2010 03:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Beta program...."
rycamor Member since:
2005-07-18

Due to my work requirements I have a Windows 7 laptop, so I don't have the choice of KVM. I have been using VMWare Player to run my linux development environment, but VMWare's UI consistently irritates me and I notice a fair amount of strange Zend/PHP segfaults.

Also, I like having a FreeBSD development environment for certain things, but VMWare player doesn't play well with FreeBSD in graphical mode. Something about event handling seems completely broken, because I can type several characters in any graphical application and they will not show up until I move the mouse--odd.

Thus I am trying out VirtualBox. So far it has done fine with FreeBSD in terminal mode... as a stress-test I am compiling the whole graphical environment, from Xorg to KDE, and it has handling things quite well. Here's hoping it will handle graphical apps well too. (Another plus about VirtualBox is you get Snapshots for free, which you don't get with the free VMWare Player.)

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