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Another choice in the virtual world?

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by fortch, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

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    Virtualbox, anyone?

    Long story short, I'm on Vista64, and I need USB and sound support for recording software and connectivity. The USB thing cancels out VirtualPC (even 2007??!?) and Virtual Server, and I tried VMWare Virtual Server 2.0, because of the new features. Browser control only? Not, and its got more than a few bugs. I know that 1.x supports USB1.1, but I wanted more than that. VMWare Player has all the whistles (USB2.0, etc.), but no bells -- I'd need to build VM's somewhere else, or use appliances, and no snapshots. No thanks.

    Soooo.... I ended up with Virtualbox. Sure, I could use VMWare Workstation 6, and I don't mind paying for software, but Virtualbox is free, and it's tight. Don't let the websites' yesteryear graphics dampen your spirit, this thing is good and fast. Of course, like any other virtualization product, come to the table with a decent proc, fast spindles, and a LOT of RAM. So far, so good. I may still go to Workstation, because I know VMWare has got it going on, but only if I need to :biggrin
     
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  2. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

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    Not too shabby -- fully patched XP complete reboot in 29 seconds. :eek:
     
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  3. nugget
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    Sounds good. Thanks for the info fortch.
     
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  4. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

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    Ha! Even before Ryan could post :p, I've got problems with Vista64 as host (and XP32 as guest) when using USB. Everything else is rock solid, but unless I find a fix, its a deal breaker. After spending time getting it recognized in VBox, then installing a filter for it, now the host freezes when installing USB drivers. Yikes.
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    Nice one :)

    -ken
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    Hopefully VBox will get better, Sun just bought them after all

    I'm pretty sure VMWare Server 2.0 is not web only as I have consoled to it before

    Workstation 6.0 is still king of the desktop platforms, and its the only one that costs money argghh! :)
    even I pay for it, I'm not a VCP yet so don't get my free copy hehe
     
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