Friday, May 02, 2008

VirtualBox is amazing!!! Thank you VirtualBox developers!!

Man... I used to cry every time I thought about the beauty VMWare is about virtualization. But now, I have another one to cry for: VirtualBox.

Why?

First of all it is OpenSource. Only this is already a motivation by itself.

Second: It flies!!! I know VMware is very fast, but VirtualBox is a piece of magic. I don't know how to describe it. It is very fast, runs very smoothly and consumes very little resources!! I think there is no need for saying that I'm very excited with VirtualBox, is there? :)

Third: Starting with 1.6.0 It has support for Seamless integration for GNU/Linux and Solaris guests!!

Man!! Seamless integration is the next step in the way of virtualization... It is really nice!!

I'm doing some tests here and it works very well!

I'd like to thank you VirtualBox developers. And I also would like to say that Sun did a big step in the right direction buying VirtualBox. I hope many more features come and that 1.6 version is just the first of many excellent releases!

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P.S.: Please, don't take me wrong. I'm a big fan of VMWare, I even have a 4.x license I bought to be able to compile Npgsql on MS .Net. But now that I have VirtualBox, I think that license will not be used anymore soon.

34 comments:

Greg Smith said...

It is pretty impressive. I'm running VirtualBox using the Ubuntu package and have both a CentOS and a Windows XP Pro install in there. Surprisingly it was the CentOS one that gave me trouble; the XP install was painless.

As far as fast goes, XP running in the Linux virtual machine with only 512MB of RAM dedicated to it feels faster than when I boot directly into XP on my laptop. Really impressive. Every since installing the "Guest Addons" so that even the clipboard is integrated, I haven't had a reason yet to return to the real XP install.

Laurent Debacker said...

You are right, except for network which sucks (at least on Windows host). Indeed VMware installs a virtual routers in the host to integrate the VM with your LAN. On the other end, VirtualBox creates a virtual network interface that is either connected to your LAN through NAT (ough!) or you need to create a bridge between your virtual network interface, and the real one. In addition you need one virtual interface per running VM.

When the network stuff will be fixed, it will be one of the best VM.

Anonymous said...

VirtualBox 1.6 can't simualte a 64 bit Guest OS, isn't it? :)

Anonymous said...

It also lacks support for SMP in the client VMs. It is still a nice VM for a lot of uses, though.

Alberto M said...

Virtualization always impress, like console emulations :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry... mas o VirtualBox ainda tem que comer muito feijão... Mas isso já era possível perceber das iniciais -> VB.

Instalei aqui, tentei criar uma VM com o HH... (VM com 512MB de RAM, a máquina tem 1GB, 300MB consumidos pelo nosso vir... agente de política de segurança) e BUM! Não conseguia locar a memória. Tive que fechar tudo, e-mail, ff, pidgin, the works. Consegui fazer o resume da *instalação*, mas ainda assim a carga do sistema no talo em 1GB... Quando acabou e eu fechei o VB, 300MB de carga de sistema (700MB livres).

Só para comparar, no VMware Player, rodo uma VM com o mesmo OS, com 640MB de RAM (na VM), e ainda roda com FF, Vir... er... Agente de Política de Segurança... E-mail... Pidgin... e não chega em 1GB (mesmo rodando coisas na VM).

Quem sabe na versão VB.NET isso melhora... Ops... é da SUN agora... os manés do marketing tem que trabalhar nisso :-)

Abraços,

Ninja

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