VirtualBox Review

License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows hosts include :
Windows 7, Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows XP-all service packs (32-bit)
Apple Mac OS X hosts:
All versions of Mac OS X are supported; Intel hardware is required
Linux hosts (32-bit and 64-bit4) include:
Fedora Core 4 to 11, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, 4.0, and 5.0, Redhat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, openSUSE 10.3, 11.0 and 11.1, SUSE Linux 9 and 10, Gentoo Linux, Mandriva 2007.1, 2008.0 and 2009.1, Ubuntu 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, 7.10, 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04,
Date Update: Aug 27, 2011
Requirements: - Any recent Intel or AMD processor with reasonably powerful x86 hardware
- Minimum 1GB of RAM (but probably more, and the more the better)
- a typical installation will only need about 30 MB of hard disk space
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If you are thinking of getting into virtualization whether for home or for enterprise use, then you should start by getting to know a little bit more about virtualization technology in general, and of course the kind of software products that will enable you to take your first steps in virtualization such as Oracle VM VirtualBox. Oracle VM VirtualBox, or simply VirtualBox, is just one of the many available virtualization technology software products out there, but it is known by many to be the most popular one of them all. As a matter of fact, recent surveys on web sites like and say that it is indeed currently the most popular virtualization product available in the market today.

What was so great about VirtualBox that it got over 50% of the overall vote in the surveys mentioned above ? If you would like to learn more about VirtualBox, what kind of features it can provide, what operating systems it supports, and other interesting factoids then you have most certainly come to the right place. This article will discuss some of the things that you need to know about virtualization technology as well as some specific bits of information that you should know about VirtualBox. Specifically, why it should be your number one choice for virtualization software right now, regardless of the application that you might have in mind? Just read on to the next few paragraphs for all of the important details that you need.

What is Oracle VM VirtualBox?

VirtualBox can be referred to simply as a very powerful x86 virtualization solution that can be used for home use as well as enterprise use. It was first developed by a software company called Innotek GmbH which was then purchased by Sun Microsystems. Nowadays, Oracle Corporation is the one responsible for the development of VirtualBox–it is included in Oracle Corporation’s family of virtualization software products.

Currently, VirtualBox supports a wide range of host operating systems. These are Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and OpenSolaris. A FreeBSD port also exists for those who prefer to use that operating system instead of any of the ones that have been mentioned above. And as for the guest operating systems that it supports, VirtualBox can handle several different variations of the Windows operating system, such as NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and even Windows 7. Other supported guest operating systems include Linux, BSD, OS/2, and Solaris. It even supports DOS/Windows 3.x operating systems, which shows you just how versatile VirtualBox is as a virtualization software product.

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The great thing about VirtualBox is that it is always being actively developed by developers, and as such it sees frequent release updates and always gets new features on top of the already existing ones with each release. Its list of supported host and guest operating systems also keeps on growing, and the community receives the full support of the company backing VirtualBox. Not a lot of people know this, but VirtualBox started off under a proprietary software license. Now, it is the only professional virtualization solution available completely free as it is considered Open Source Software under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

How does VirtualBox work?

VirtualBox works just like you would expect any other virtualization software product to–after you find a host operating system to install it on, you can then launch it and run additional guest operating systems. An additional operating system is referred to simply as a Guest OSx, and you are free to load and run it as it gets its own virtual environment in VirtualBox.

In VirtualBox, every Guest OS gets its own virtual machine. This allows users to start, pause, and stop each Guest OS independently, without interfering any of the other Guest OSs. When running a virtual environment, users have a choice to run it either with hardware assisted emulation or software emulation. Other VirtualBox features include Shared folders, Command line interaction, Microsoft VHD support, 3D virtualization, 2D video acceleration and many more.

Mac OS X server guest support has been available since version 3.2, and version 4.0 has brought on Intel HD emulation, Intel ICH9 chipset emulation, multi-monitor guest setups for all host operating systems, and several UI enhancements.

You can also get additional features by way of the VirtualBox Extension Pack. So as you can see, you will find it hard to run out of things to love with Oracle VM VirtualBox.

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