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Old 09-01-2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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is VirtualBox reliable?


I recently heard about Virtualbox, and am very interested is using it as a way of hopefully doing the things I can do in Windows but not in Linux. How well does it work? Is it reliable?
 
Old 09-02-2008, 04:45 PM   #2
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seems stable enough to me
just be aware that it tends to allocate all the ram you have said the guest can have on the host regardless of how much the guest is using at the time so make sure you leave some avalable for the host or be prepeared to wait for hours while the swap space catches up with what you are doing!

a dynamic ram allocation would be much better
 
Old 09-07-2008, 07:38 AM   #3
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I personally use VB to test out Linux distros and to hold WinXP if I need it for some rare reason. I have had no problems with VB, but I do run it in a light window manager (fluxbox) as opposed to running it on top of KDE/GNOME.

VB is memory intensive and running it with a smaller window manager will make things move faster and smoother.

I highly recommend it for any virtualization tasks.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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I run Windows 2000 and XP on VirtualBox, and they have been quite reliable. You need a good amount of RAM, however.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 11:14 AM   #5
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I've used Virtualbox on a couple of different distributions and haven't had any problems. I've used it to run many different OS's... Vista, Open Solaris and a few different versions of Linux. Never any problems.
 
Old 09-07-2008, 04:06 PM   #6
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I can't complain either, I've been using it on XP and Mac for something close to two months. No significant problems.
 
Old 09-14-2008, 07:03 PM   #7
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I personally use VB to test out Linux distros and to hold WinXP if I need it for some rare reason. I have had no problems with VB, but I do run it in a light window manager (fluxbox) as opposed to running it on top of KDE/GNOME.

VB is memory intensive and running it with a smaller window manager will make things move faster and smoother.

I highly recommend it for any virtualization tasks.
Does that mean I would have to replace KDE (my window manager) with Fluxbox? Or would I have to somehow run both? If the latter, I wouldn't know how to run two window managers.

And is 1.75 GB RAM good enough? I have that much left out of 2 GB.

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:59 PM   #8
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2 Gig of RAM may just work

I have VirtualBox running in Slackware on a 2.4Ghz P4 with 512M of RAM. Running KDE as the window manager on Slackware and either 2000 or XP in VirtualBox. No problems.
 
Old 09-15-2008, 06:54 AM   #9
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You don't have to replace you current desktop, that is the desktop on the host. It was suggested to install Fluxbox or so in the guest.

That is not even needed.

I run w2k in a VB, very reliable. In the same VB and at the same time I was running Ubuntu 8.04, including KDE4. Ubuntu was not slower than usual.

There is a bug in the W2k IDE driver, check the VB fora or the user manual.

1.75 GB is enough for at least one virtual machine at a time, maybe two.

I recommend to d/l the non Open Source version, it comes with nice remote desktop capabilities.

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