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View Poll Results: Virtualization Product of the Year
VirtualBox 268 59.03%
Xen 24 5.29%
VMware 85 18.72%
OpenVZ 3 0.66%
Parallels Workstation 5 1.10%
KVM 47 10.35%
Oracle VM 3 0.66%
QEMU 19 4.19%
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Virtualization Product of the Year

What is your VM of choice?

Old 01-13-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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KVM. I always wonder why some people uses anything else :^), especially commercial ones.
Old 01-13-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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I'm using VirtualBox and quite satisfied with it. I gave up on VMWare when it became incompatible with Firefox.
Old 01-14-2011, 02:31 PM   #4
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VMware for the ease of use.
Virtual box coz' it's free. Still no match for VMware.
Old 01-14-2011, 02:58 PM   #5
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VirtualBox "base" is free, but not the rest.
Beware of Oracle products - you should be very very careful with them. History shows that they will drop support for something if not remunerative enough or that they will at least build strong dependencies if it is.
And please don't understand me wrong. All companies are like that of course, but Oracle is in my opinion above the average.
(and btw. I liked VBx a lot when I tried it, but dropped it in favour of kvm because of doubts about the future and missing USB passthrough support. More or less the same with Xen, where I don't know exactly Oracle's involvement but I know that Oracle has at least a very strong position)
Old 01-14-2011, 03:03 PM   #6
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Virtualbox does it for me.
Old 01-15-2011, 06:34 AM   #7
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The kvm or qemu choise is confusing (with kvm being the accelerator for qemu) ...

Should "qemu-kvm" users vote for qemu or kvm ?
Old 01-15-2011, 07:23 AM   #8
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Virtualbox just rocks
Old 01-15-2011, 10:56 AM   #9
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I have been using VirtualBox, and it's OK. But I'm switching to qemu-kvm, because it's more versatile, can emulate more architectures.
Old 01-15-2011, 11:00 PM   #10
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vmware esploded on me,qemu denied me,virtual box ended up winning
Old 01-16-2011, 01:49 PM   #11
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VMWare Fusion on the Mac takes VMWare for Windows and knocks spots off it.

Awesome product.
Old 01-16-2011, 02:37 PM   #12
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I installed Virtualbox on my wife's laptop just to see if it helped but I'll refrain from using it on my own. Enough that I have a dualboot with LMDE and hackintosh on a laptop.
Old 01-16-2011, 02:49 PM   #13
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I vote for KVM, since I am only interested in using Linux in a virtual environment.
Old 01-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #14
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KVM or XEN may perform better than VirtualBox, but VB is just the best, because combining easy of use, performance, easy of installation, it is just the best.

Guillermo Garron


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