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VirtualBox for me. I used VmWare before but VirtualBox does everything I need and I think it's a little lighter on resources too (totally subjective). I think that if you need bridged networking VmWare is much easier to set up/use but I don't any more so I chose the one that's more freedom friendly.
VirtualBox for me too, but, please, don't call it free w/o at least 2 qualifications:
The proprietary side is not free for commercial use.
The community side does not does not guarantee the freedom of any contributed code, at least so says a local Debian maintainer & Open Source developer.
#2 was pointed out to me when I, too, tried to tout the freedom of VirtualBox. He immediately looked up the license & made a complaint on the order of "they take it [your code] under a BSD license & give it back under the GPL". I think he meant that he wouldn't want to contribute because his code would also wind up inside the proprietary version.