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Editors' Review

by   / December 03, 2014

VirtualBox is a professional-grade, open-source virtualization software. If you're not happy with the virtualization options available to you in the paid software marketplace, then exploring VirtualBox might be for you.

Pros

Range of supported systems: VirtualBox is available on all the major operating systems. This allows you to take advantage of open-source virtualization whether your platform is Mac, Windows, Linux, or Solaris. You can then run most versions of Windows, DOS, Linux, or Solaris as a virtual system.

Lots of info: One of the typical advantages of open-source software is that the user community creates a wide range of help and technical documents to assist people in the software's operation. VirtualBox is no exception, and there is ample documentation available to anyone who needs help with their VirtualBox setup.

Cons

Operating system integration: The paid virtualization solutions have much better integration between the host system and the guest operating system. For instance, using VMWare or Parallels, you can drag and drop files from one system to the other. You can't do that with VirtualBox.

Lack of active support: Virtualization software is complicated and can easily have things go wrong with it. When this happens with a product that you're paying for, you have access to a lot of hands-on technical support. That doesn't exist with open-source products. If you run into a conflict, you'll be stuck trying to sort it out on your own.

Bottom Line

If you're highly technical and capable of using online resources to troubleshoot and configure your own software, then VirtualBox could work for you. On the other hand, if you need a fully-packaged solution with good support, VirtualBox might be too tricky.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.0.8

  • Core: fix saved state resume failures
  • User interface: show full file location in New Medium window.
  • User interface: fix mouse click pass-through problems in multi-screen virtual machines
  • Graphics: fixed a crash when powering off a VM without graphics controller
  • API: partial fix for dealing with VM config conflicting with other VMs related to medium UUIDs, now correctly flags VM as inaccessible
  • Windows hosts: Support paths longer than 4096 characters on in shared folders
  • Linux hosts: fix kernel module build breakage in non-default build set-ups
  • Linux hosts: fix kernel module build breakage in debug build set-ups
  • Windows guests: notice file size increases in shared folders which were missed in certain cases
  • Linux guests: make shared folders work with Linux 3.16.35
  • Linux guests: fix incorrectly read-only shared folders

General

Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date May 13, 2019
Date Added May 28, 2019
Version 6.0.8

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 168.24MB
File Name VirtualBox-6.0.8-130520-Win.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 359,388
Downloads Last Week 148

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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