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Though there are some free virtualization tools available, most have limitations. VirtualBox is a free open-source virtualization tool powerful enough for enterprise systems yet easy enough for home users. It runs in Windows editions 95 to 7, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Linux, and it supports a wide range of guest operating systems, including MS-DOS, early versions of Windows, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox's wizard-based interface simplifies the creation and management of virtual machines (VMs). The tabbed main display is paired with a side panel listing all existing VMs. Control icons labeled New, Settings, Start, and Discard handle all functions, and tabs for Details, Snapshot, and Description display information about any selected VM. We clicked New to create a new VM to install Ubuntu, the free Linux-based OS, within Windows 7 to test VirtualBox's ability to host multiple operating systems without making drastic changes. The wizard let us select the operating system (Linux) and version (Ubuntu) we planned to install during the creation, as well as specify the amount of RAM to allocate for the new VM. Next we created a new virtual hard disk, though you can select an existing bootable disk image. You can choose to create either a fixed or dynamically expanding disk; we chose the latter. If you need more RAM or disk space, the Settings icon accesses these options as well as other settings like audio, USB, and serial ports. When everything was ready, we clicked Start, followed the First Run Wizard, and created a custom-configured VM ready to host our new OS. Surprisingly, VirtualBox even had a wizard for that. While you're using your VM, you can always exit back to the host system instantly with a specified keystroke.

VirtualBox was developed by Innotek, which is now part of Oracle, and VirtualBox is part of Oracle's extensive support system. Add the advantages of open-source development and the fact that's its totally free to both enterprise-level developers and home users, and it amounts to a strong recommendation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Virtual Machine running on a Virtual Machine!"

    March 4, 2012  |   By Awesomeguy123

    Version: VirtualBox 4.1.8

    Pros

    FREE.
    Open source.
    Runs on Windows XP mode in Windows 7 (a lot of programs don't).
    So many OSs you can create VMs for.
    Can run on just about ANY OS.
    Allows you to run classic games flawlessly.

    Cons

    Had to install twice, but it didn't take long, so it didn't annoy me.
    Requires an installation disk for some OSs.

    Summary

    I decided to do this originally to see if it was possible to run a virtual machine on a virtual machine. Ironically, it works. I think that is just so funny.
    It's a great, open source, free program that works on just about any OS you can think of. I love this program. I can now boot into Windows 95 so I can play classic games.
    I don't like having to have the OS install disk, but playing classic games without glitches is worth it-big time.

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    "Very Good / Muy Bueno"

    December 23, 2011  |   By sergiowest0977

    Version: VirtualBox 4.1.8

    Pros

    Third time I use, I've tried to WIN7/MAC/LINUX
    Fast with Win7 / RApido con Win7
    Very good performance! / Alto Desempe#o!

    Cons

    NA for now. NA por ahora.

    Summary

    Testing for my I.T. department! / Test para mi departamento de I.T.!

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