To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software.
Not a huge release, but, while an Oracle product, it’s a must-have in the toolbox of anyone interested in running and playing with older operating systems.
That’s true, but I run all of my client software in it. I no longer run anything on my host machine – everything is run in VMs. I use VirtualBox (the free software version) because I use several different families of OS, so I can’t use a KVM kind of solution.
VirtualBox also made it easy to transition away from Window (except for certain work-related functions that require it). First, I installed all of my software into VMs, then moved all the data into shared folders (or network storage). That made it easy to make the final step of moving the VMs from the Windows host to a *nix host.
Now I can change the host OS any time I want. One of these days, I’m going to set up a Genode host, and see how that goes. :^)