A Virtual Box

If you are like me, you like to play games in Windows, but like to do some programming using Linux. Its pain rebooting the computer just to switch between the operating systems. Virtualization lets you use one operating system inside another. However, mention the two words and most people would probably only think of VMWare. I too used to use VMWare. However, VMPlayer doesn’t let you create your own virtual machine – you have to get an image from another source. For this reason, I went looking for an open source virtualisation software and I came across Virtual Box. I now use it run the Ubuntu 8.04. It didn’t take long to get used to the Virtual Box way of things. The only thing that really took a while for me to figure out how to get the guest operating system to truly occupy the fullscreen. It turned out to be something as simple as installing the guest add-ons. If you have been using VMWare, this one extra step to take and one that required me to read the manual. Performance wise, it runs well on my quadcore machine with Windows XP as the host operating system, although the only thing I use it for is doing some development work in Linux. More importantly, Virtual Box allows you to create and customise your own virtual machine without having to buy a license.

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