Sun xVM VirtualBox: free x86 virtualiztion

by Volker Weber

TUAW reports:

We first noted the open-source virtualization application VirtualBox way back in 2007, and since then this open-source competitor to VMware Fusion and Parallels has come a long way. Most importantly, perhaps, the project was acquired by Sun Microsystems and has now become Sun xVM VirtualBox with a great deal more support.

Free is good. But xVM does not import VMware machines. And I don't want to do a any Windows install again.

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In previous version of virtualbox it was possible to import vmware VMs into virtualbox. ofcourse you needed to get around all the driver issues as the virtual hardware changed. I did not yet try out the latest sun release yet :-)

Sascha Reissner, 2008-05-26

You can register the vmware disk-files in virtual box. With this it might be possible to boot the machine, but some problems may occur:

Ulf Jaehrig, 2008-05-26

I agree that Free is good, but the term is a relative: xVM is free for personal or evaluation use and you get binaries, but the Open Source Edition is a tarball of the source, and not many are going to be able to use that.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-05-26

I have ran xVN and vertialBx for over a Year now. Works perfectly. Right noe i am running it under Opensuse and works with a raw XP disk.
You can import VM-diskfiles as well.

Mats Jansson, 2008-05-26

@Jan-Piet Mens. You can find the compiled open source Edition files in the community or backport repositories of your favorite OS.


Ralf M Petter, 2008-05-26

@Ralf, yes. And if my favorite OS were Windows or Mac OSX ? :-)

Jan-Piet Mens, 2008-05-26

I am not impressed by VirtualBox for two reasons:

first: it is still way behind VMWare in several technical aspects.

second: Before aquisition by Sun the conditions for commercial server use was very attractive: €100 per 2 cores. After the aquisition I tried to recheck conditions: I never got an answer on my questions, I tried 2 times ....

Jens-B. Augustiny, 2008-05-26

I'm running VirtualBox on Ubuntu because VMware doesn't support the new kernel. My previous VMware image imported correctly with one exception: no network connectivity. The virtual adapter VMware installed can't be uninstalled (if you do, it just reinstalls itself), and VirtualBox doesn't create its own. So I created a new machine and mounted the old vmdk as a slave, copied over my old data to the new virtual drive, then wiped the slave.

Tim Tripcony, 2008-05-27

@Jan-Piet Hm the super easy Mac OS X have no repositories? I can not believe that. Ok i am joking, i know that there are no such thing as repositories on this operating system. But it is really a big advantage of Linux over OS X and Windows to have them. It is very difficult to handle the installation of updates and security fixes for the operating system and all applications without repositories.


Ralf M Petter, 2008-05-27

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