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Old 01-15-2009, 03:34 AM   #16
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Both VMware and VBox have their strong suits.
Fortunately I have room for both!
Old 01-15-2009, 11:55 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
For when you absolutely have to run Windows.

virtualization doesn't mean that you are running windows. It just means that you are running another OS. You could run another linux, unix or any other type of OS.

Guess i should read the whole post, many others have said this too.

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Old 01-15-2009, 01:31 PM   #18
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Yes, I was just being a bit snarky. I use quite a few of these myself, and don't run Windows at all.

Old 01-15-2009, 02:54 PM   #19
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I've only used Qemu so far, to try out old versions of Slackware (3.5 and 8.1). Interesting.
Old 01-15-2009, 05:10 PM   #20
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Virtual Box rocks.
Old 01-15-2009, 06:40 PM   #21
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V-Box beats QEMU for only one reason, the seamless mode. I have only one app that need windows (performance is so slow in wine as to make it useless) and I love to have it on my desktop with everything else rather than in a window of windows.
Old 01-16-2009, 01:02 AM   #22
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vmware is the easiest one to use. this is the tool i used to get a test of linux using knoppix live cd and it made me go crazy and the rest is history. this is the best/coolest/easiest one both on win and linux. Of late there have been a flood of virtualization utilities and one that works as teh best emulator is obviously QEMU; the basic one.
Old 01-16-2009, 01:31 AM   #23
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even though its not easy as VMware Workstation.
but its better than VMware server/client, and free.
Old 01-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by divyashree View Post
vmware is the easiest one
Virtualbox has to have it over VMWare.

VBox for me. Light fast and functional.
Old 01-16-2009, 02:21 PM   #25
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With Quad Core entering the mainstream in 2008, Virtualisation is fast turning out to be something done by every Joe Sixpack, not just geeks. In times like this, I think the product which is easy to use, feature rich, popular, but n00b friendly and available on multiple platforms wins. I think VirtualBox ruled the year 2008.
Old 01-17-2009, 08:42 PM   #26
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VirtualBox is fine.
Old 01-17-2009, 11:05 PM   #27
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Solaris Zones!!!!
Old 01-18-2009, 10:54 AM   #28
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I started with VMWare Server a couple years ago to run TurboTax in Windows and run Linux servers for web services and email. The VMWare documentation, community support and product reliability is awesome. I learned a lot about virtulization reading up on and using VMWare Server. They lost me during the shift from v1.x to v2.x of VMWare Server and gave me a chance to look around.

The KVM approach of using the Linux kernel as the hypervisor, QEMU as the emulator and leveraging the virtualization capabilities of the Intel and AMD CPUs caught my attention. Being able to use the latest Linux kernel and tools to manage the virtual machine process was refreshing. While KVM is a relatively young project and is still under heavy development it is my virtualization tool of choice now.
Old 01-19-2009, 10:51 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by anticapitalista View Post
Virtualbox, not for running windows, but for testing out other linux distros.
Likewise; great for distro testing.
Old 01-31-2009, 05:22 PM   #30
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Voted Xen,... hopefully KVM next year.



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