When you want to try different Operating Systems you must need a good Virtualization software.
In non technical terms virtualization software allows you to run multiple operating systems on the same physical computer. The sole purpose of virtualization is to emulate hardware. See this link if you want to know more about Virtualization.
VirtualBox is one such software which is open source (see editions page) and is released under GNU GPL. It is extremely easy to use and provide lots of great feature.
I have installed it on windows and have created two virtual machines to install Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 3 and KDE 4 as guest .
Few reasons why I Like Virtual Box
- Every guest operating system can use all hardware resources available on the computer just like a real hardware. I can use my USB Devices, Serial Ports, CD-ROM/DVD Drive, Sound Card, Network Interface seamlessly with the guest operating system using very simple configuration procedure.
- Support for Intel VT-X and AMD-V hardware virtualization extensions
- No need to reboot you computer to start gust operating system
- You can run multiple operating systems on the same computer at the same type and switch between them as and when you want.
- Shared Clipboard between Host and Guest Operating System
- Shared folder can be created to share the data between Host and Guest Operating Systems
- Dynamically expanding virtual hard disk
- Extremely low resource usage
- Easy Configuration
- Snapshot support, if you go wrong somewhere you can always restore your guest operating system to to the last snapshot.
- Available for Windows and Linux
No wonder Sun Microsystems has acquired them recently!!! Official name after this acquisition is changes to Sun xVM Virtual Box.
Virtualization is very useful for
- Running Legacy Application, Wanna play DOS based Prince and Wolf?
- Application Compatibility Testing for different operating systems
- Training and Learning
- Distro Build Testing
- Lot of Fun
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