Freeware Files: Five New Tools for Your Virtual Toolbox!

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DoctorX

Virutalbox is the only VM software that supports 3D.  Opengl works and directx 8 and 9 are in beta.  Comparing it to VirtualXP is not doing your homework.  VirtualPC or VirtualXP honestly sucks for running anything othere than word. 

 

I use virtualbox on Linux Mint and Windows 7 Ultimate x64.  Works wonderfully.  And yes I have ran Vmware since version.99 and have used VirtualPC also.I stopped using both when i started using Virtualbox.  Havent missed them at all.

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TheMurph

Given that a number of people are going to be using Microsoft's Virtual PC, thanks to Windows 7, I thought the comparison was appropriate.  Beyond that, VMWare ain't free, so I can't really compare that to VirtualBox either.

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dwr50

Actually you only need an Disk Immage to install an OS into    Vbox not a physical disk.

 

Acer Aspire 5610z,Vista HP, No problems with Vista... so far, but I'm learning Linux, just in case.

Acer Aspire 5315-2153, $348 Walmart Special,Mandriva Linux 2008.1 Spring Edition,VirtualBox 1.6.4

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TheMurph

True, true.  I was more making the point that you need the original installation materials -- the program just doesn't come with them already installed for you.

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ourss96

I've been using Virtual Dimension for my Desktop Manager on XP.  It keeps different wallpapers per desktop, but the same icons on each desktop.  Moving apps from one desktop to another is pretty simple and I haven't really had any problems with it.

I'm not a journalist and English wasn't one of my better subjects, but that's the best review I can give you in 5 minutes.

It's available here

YMMV and other clever disclaimers apply.

Chris

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TheMurph

Virtual Dimension, eh?  I'll have to check it out!

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DogPatch1149

Free?  Check.  Polished?  Uh-huh.  Runs practically every OS thrown at it?  Yep.  Free?  You betcha.

VBox runs Windows 7 RC build 7100 flawlessly, and it actually runs faster than the Vista Ultimate on physical hardware that's running VBox!  I currently have VMs of Win 7 RC, XP Pro, 2000 Pro, Ubuntu 9, gOS 3, and OpenSolaris; all run without problems.

X2brute, what install disk are you talking about?  You only need to mount the .ISO file of the OS you want to install; after it's installed, unmount it and mount the normal CD/DVD drive.  My apologies if I'm misunderstanding your comment.

 

"Don't play leapfrog with unicorns, or you'll bring new meaning to the term 'sore loser'."

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X2brute

The downside of virtual box is you need the install disk, when I first installed it and it listed win7 as a usable os I was stoked! Then it says put in the disk and I went back and switched to ubuntu, cool though!

If a bear tries to dump in the woods but a tree falls on him with no one around, is the pope's hat still funny?

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TheMurph

Um...  yes.  you do need the install disc.  VirtualBox doesn't just come with, like, 30 different operating systems preinstalled for your use.  That would be the greatest piece of freeware ever, no?

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winmaster

It would be the greatest pirated mess ever. 

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1337Goose

This is great because I've been playing with virtualization all week! I've mostly been using VirtualBox OSE for Linux. Moba Live CD looks cool too.

 Virtua Win is a prime example of why I love Microsoft Windows. Sure, I'm a Linux user and I get to brag about my multiple desktops, but Windows always seems to have a third party answer to emulate other OS' functionality. It also makes dual-booting more win. Now I don't have to fumble around for my second desktop when I'm in windows. Now if only I could get it in a spinning cube... ; )

I must say however that Neo's SafeKeys 2008 is the biggest load of crap I've ever seen. It's just too much hassle to open up a virtual keyboard to type in passwords. If I was really that worried about the integrity of a foreign system, I wouldn't even login to anything sensitive. Also, I wouldn't want people to look over my shoulder at the on-screen keys that I'm hovering my mouse over. Maybe I'm just a fool and it's the single greatest gift ever bestowed to geek kind, but I still don't think it's useful.

Anyway, thanks for the list. It was very timely. 

~Goose

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TheMurph

Fair.  Neo's SafeKeys 2008 is a bit more esoteric -- I'd honestly follow the same route and just not use my password on a potentially insecure device.  But if you're in a pinch, well, better something than nothing?

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