I have been testing Virtualisation for quite some time now, and did stumble upon quite an interesting project – innotek VirtualBox.
The fact that it was included in the latest Mandriva Release, made me investigate the project, and found on their website the description: innotek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction; see “innotek” for more about our company.
So i started getting a little bit curious – a new player on the market, wanting to compete against vmware, Microsoft virtual pc and XEN on Linux (amongst other). So i decided to proceed – getting the stuff to run on both my Linux and Windows boxes, just for the fun of it.
Well – to cut a long story short – Its quite interesting project. It worked out of the box, virtual images was installed without problems and launch of the first (Windows XP) in a virtual environment – and wow – it worked like a charm.
The fact that it did recognise the Attached USB units (something that Virtual PC do has it challenges with, make me think there there is a potential in theis product, and the fact that the developers are really serious about it.
Do yourself a favour – check it out, read more about it. It may not yet be ready for Virtual Production (Servers) – but for ordinary desktop trial testing – its worth the time. And Surprise – It’s also ready on Mac 🙂