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Old 02-14-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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Opensource virtual machine like VMWare


I know there are many software for running virtual machines. I use VMWare and I like it. But I'd like to know if there are open source virtual machines (VirtualBox, Xen, ...) which people have tested and work fine.
Of course, it has to run at least Windows and linux virtual machines and have a good interface to manage it.


Old 02-15-2009, 07:11 AM   #2
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I was a big fan of Xen, but I migrated from it because it was getting too few kernel updates (therefore new HRDW got more and more unsupported) and I couldn't use HRDW-GPU-accelleration on the host.
I liked VMware but wasn't able to setup bridged network in order for each single VM to get its own IP-address from my router.
VirtualBox was good too, but the opensource version didn't support USB.
Well, the only one left was KVM and I happily use it now to run 3 linux VMs and 2 Windows VMs. I currently don't miss any feature.
I'm sorry but I don't know which UI you could use - I just use the config files but they're extremely simple.
Old 02-17-2009, 12:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.

I'm trying with VirtualBox. I'll see if works fine or not.

Old 02-17-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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VirtualBox is awesome - I use it to run Windows instances all of the time. I don't use the Opensource version though because of the USB support, but they have a free version that works great.
Old 02-17-2009, 02:22 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Felipe View Post
Thanks for your reply.

I'm trying with VirtualBox. I'll see if works fine or not.

Me using virtualbox and working fine, i find it perfect.
Old 02-17-2009, 03:06 PM   #6
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VirtualBox and Qemu/KVM. I use VMWare because of its DirectX support, though.


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