Virtualbox – Free OS Virtualization

Had the opportunity to try out virtualbox the other day on RHEL.

I really liked the part that the rpm that I downloaded was signed and I had to import the signature to be able to install the package! Feels safe. Install did not cause any other problems for me.

As far as the interface goes I like it a lot.
Quite intuitive and worked fine for what I did with it (load a pre-made .vdi, boot, configure).

Not that different at all from VMWare Workstation. But I didn’t do much at all with virtualbox except the initial setup of the VM.

It is also free!

Some cool stuff:

  • manage the VMs via php
  • updated about once a month
  • Runs on windows/linux/osx/solaris
  • you can convert vmware vms into virtualbox format or you can actually import a vmware vm

Not so cool stuff:

  • oracle -> means suddenly you may have to pay licenses for it ;s

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