If you are presently using a desktop virtualization solution from either VMware (VMware Workstation/ Server) or Microsoft (Virtual PC/ Server), you might want to give Sun Microsystem’s VirtualBox a try. You might want to try it even if this is the first time you have heard of “virtualization”.

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  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On January 26, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    i’ll try this out later today. vmware is just too heavy for my 512ram. the other nuisance thing about it are it’s startup application – vmware-tray.exe which slows down my machine. if virtualbox is decent on resources and doesn’t fu@k up my startup services then i just might switch.

    Of course, you’ll need a decent amount of RAM but I am only running 1 Gig and it works fine though you wouldn’t want to try and run Vista this way.

    vista sucks anyhow. i don’t think i’ll have such a problem even with live cds. vmware has a nice program called vmplayer.exe in the programs folder.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On January 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    tried it. ate around 20mb of my ram only. but the performance sucks. ubuntu livecd took twice too long to load than vmware. backtrack 2 final isn’t working. it’s no good for me.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On January 26, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    “ubuntu livecd took twice too long to load than vmware”
    What about the performance after installing it within the vm? I always had problems with vmware-tools when it came to linux. Some modules would simply refuse to compile. Been a while since I have done that though. I have installed both windows xp as well as ubuntu within virtual box. Work perfectly fine. The only problem is this – wine and virtualbox don’t work too well together. If you try to run windows applications within linux, you will notice significant response times. A trouble ticket has been raised for it – 1965 I think.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On January 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

    no, i haven’t installed it. just tried booting in PE. earlier i had edited the backtrack directory structure within the iso and it booted well with vmware but with virtualbox, it stuck in a loop. i burned the iso to a disc seeing that it worked on vmware but i was wrong. the disc didn’t work. maybe it was an issue with the LBA. i would say, virtualbox is good for testing self made ISO’s.

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