Free VirtualBox Virtualization Software

virtual-disk-image-manager.pngVirtualBox seems to be gaining popularity with a lot of system administrators who want a simple solution for running virtual servers on their desktop.

I’d say in the last couple of days, I’ve heard the name VirtualBox thrown around the office by 3 different groups of admins.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used it but to be fair I want to let you know that there is an alternative to the mainstream products like ESXi, Hyper-V and XenServer.

I visited www.virtualbox.org and found they have a simple website with plenty of information and screenshots of their product. There’s multiple versions available for download under their (PUEL). By downloading, you are agreeing to VirtualBox terms and conditions.

VirtualBox Downloads:

  • VirtualBox 3.0.6 for Solaris and OpenSolaris hosts x86/amd64
  • VirtualBox 3.0.6 Software Developer Kit (SDK) All platforms (registration required)

Open Source Code for download.

This is a snapshot of the OSE sources at the time of the stable 3.0.6 release.

This is the current development code, which is not necessarily stable.

Sounds Familiar:

Visiting www.virtualbox.com takes me back to the mid-90s when VMware was just for desktops and developers and nobody really took them serious until EMC scooped them up for a few “Million”. My bad, I just noticed that Sun Microsystems already scooped up VirtualBox.

I’d like to know what you think about VirtualBox. Good or bad, is it worth installing and learning with so many other products available?

 

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