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Old 10-28-2021, 02:46 AM   #1
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Host Operating System in VMware and Virtualbox


Hello All, I am working on a freelance project and I want to know which one is good in host operating between VMware and Virtualbox? As I google it and according to this source, VirtualBox is available for Linux, Windows, Solaris, macOS, FreeBSD etc. There exists a wide scope of supporting various OS but I am confused about VMware. Can anyone know about this?
 
Old 10-28-2021, 03:11 AM   #2
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The Operating System running inside the Virtual Machine is referred to as the guest. The system upon which the VM is running is the host. Obviously you have a good host with any server oriented GNU/Linux distribution or respin. Devuan, for example, is a decent choice.

Aside from VirtualBox, there is also Qemu. Of the two, I prefer Qemu. As for VMWare, I wouldn't touch it:
If you plan to run FreeBSD within FreeBSD, then you might look at jails instead of virtual machines. There are also containers for GNU/Linux like LXD, but last I read, which was a few years ago, containers have some serious weaknesses.

Can you give more specifics about the task at hand?
 
Old 10-28-2021, 11:08 PM   #3
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As I recall, virtalbox drops support for debian versions when they get too old. Virtualbox does not offer thier old files for download. I might be wrong, check if needed.
 
Old 10-28-2021, 11:29 PM   #4
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All other things being equal, I prefer VirtualBox. I have used it for a long time with Linux, BSD, and Windows, and have found that it works very nicely for home use.
 
Old 10-29-2021, 12:00 AM   #5
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VirtualBox only supports OpenGL 2 (which was deprecated, like, a decade ago), in guests, while VMWare supports OpenGL 3 (which is current and forward-compatible). That means that if you need compositing in the guest, use VMWare.
 
  


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