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New VM - VirtualBox
Posted 16 January 2007 - 05:15 AM
Has anyone had a chance to try this new open source virtual machine software - http://www.virtualbox.org ?
I wonder how it compares in terms of speed with VMware, VirtualPC and Bochs.
Posted 16 January 2007 - 05:25 AM
tnx jm for post this
Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:18 AM
a GREAT free VM imho!
Posted 16 January 2007 - 11:46 AM
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 04:16 PM
Nice find, regardless.
Posted 16 January 2007 - 07:58 PM
The interesting part isn't so much that it's free (as in 0$) as there's already more than enough free solutions, but it's open source.
Either ways I'm sticking to VMWare Server (and the VMWare Converter for MS' .VHD files)
Posted 17 January 2007 - 01:37 PM
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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:50 PM
There's a bug with the link on the frontpage - sends you to wwwl.virtualbox.org.
fixed that thanks
Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:00 PM
Has anyone had a chance to see how well it performed ?
One thing I like is it is only a 10.8MB MSI Installer (extracted/installed its about 21.3MB) so its much leaner than VMWare Workstation v5.5 (90MB MSI), which includes some large iso's.
I just tested it on my new X2 3800 (AM2) with XP Pro SP2 and the performance was excellent, definetly better than VMWare with my last cpu (Venice 3000). However I have not tested VMWare yet with my new processor so the results may be better or same.
 if you install the "Guest Additions" (think VMware tools) the performance is almost native!
Still gotta test vmware with new cpu to compare, but this is awesome
Some observations: cannot drag and drop files between host and guest with the additions installed.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:56 PM
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\.VirtualBox\Machines\Virtual Machine Name\
Once I am done a current project that I use VMware for, I will be switching over.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:59 PM
Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:36 PM
PS Thanks Jeremy I was wondering where the snapshots were being stored, did not bother to investigate
Posted 18 January 2007 - 01:31 AM
VirtualBox - 9:19
VMware - 10:12
Thats about 10% faster
NOTE that Windows Setup time is probably largely determined by the read/write speed of the hard drive and not so much the vm. So I would expect a wider performance rift in benchmarks that better test the vm software itself.
Posted 18 January 2007 - 05:41 AM
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:52 AM
I would say it's also it's biggest downside: simpler than other virtualization solutions also means "missing advanced features" in this case. It seems like a pretty good alternative to the overpriced vmware workstation though: 200$ for what everybody else gives away (this, VPC and others) or sells quite cheap (e.g. Parallels). Maybe soon enough VMWare will have to live off its ESX sales. They're only going to manage to sell their workstation product for so long at that price.
Ok - I'll definately say wow about this... so much simpler than VMware or VPC, and the performance is just stunning...
Not much of a server virtualization product though. VMWare Server (and Virtual Server 2005 R2) is still king there for many, many reasons: VirtualBox doesn't start as service which is absolutely essential, simpler networking, no image conversion tool to use all the existing vhd & vmdk images (nor the upcoming ones being released by various vendors as virtual appliances or as MS are doing right now for evals in vhd format), no migration products like VMWare has (P2V et al), no iSCSI support, no remote admin tools/console, doesn't have any of the scripting stuff vmware has, no upgrade path to something like ESX (with clustering, failover and all that), likely not quite the same level of support available (no major vendor behind it), etc.
By the way, VMWare has a new product: VMware Lab Manager (still beta), and it looks VERY nice and useful for programmers (for doing testing including deployment). Just too bad it'll cost an arm and a leg.
Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:05 AM
I don't think that anyone would argue that VirtualBox is a replacement for VMware, but it's a pretty good freeware alternative.
Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:07 AM
I have tested it last days. This software has a big potential in my opinion. Compare to the other solutions. Its simplicity make the software efficient instead VMWare and VPC.
Otherwise, some improvements (sure they will come soon) about usb, network and sound, will be better.
It is the only which allow me, without errors, to install solaris 10 !
Good chance Virtual Box
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