Sep 122010

virtualboxIn this article I want to talk about three great virtualization software for your desktop computer.

Why virtualize?

The current computers have faster CPUs and  more RAM compared to those of 3 or 4 years ago. There is more ability to run a second operating system in parallel to your main operating system. But why do it?

  • To have another operating system (Windows, Linux or other)
  • For testing a new distribution
  • To prepare an environment dedicated to a product. For example, I installed a virtual machine with apache + mysql + everything I need for running a local a copy of my WordPress site

The three products that I will install and analyze on my Ubuntu 10.04 machine are:

  • VMware Player
  • VirtualBox (OSE)
  • KVM

For each of them i will consider a score of 1 to 3 for:

  • Ease of Installation
  • Administrative Tools
  • Features (license included).
  • Virtual appliances available

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