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VirtualBox 3.0


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Originally a commercial product VirtualBox is now also available in an open source edition. The open source version is, however, always a version behind the commercial version and thus lacks some features. Having said that VirtualBox is still a great virtualization tool and future versions look very promising.

Like all other virtualization software VirtualBox allows you to run a guest operating systems on your PC, in this case either Windows or Linux based. The guest operating system support covers most Windows (including Vista) and Linux versions as well as OS/2 Warp, OpenBSD and FreeBSD.

VirtualBox is a stable tool with performance similar to it's commercial counter pieces. A product well worth trying out.

In February 2008 Sun Microsystems bought VirtualBox.

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