Re: TOOLS: free, safe virtualizer?

Subject: Re: TOOLS: free, safe virtualizer?
From: jimmy -at- breck-mckye -dot- com
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:54:18 +0100

I've had good experiences with VirtualBox; I used it for QA purposes for quite a while. There are both free (as in beer) and free (as in open source) versions available. Stability is good, and performance is respectable. VirtualBox supports session snapshots, USB peripherals and native pointer handling (you don't have to enter a special mode to use your mouse - you can click freely between virtual OS windows and host windows).

On 2012-06-20 15:13, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

I have a Windows 7 box. Dual-/multi- boot is not an option on this machine.

I'd like to have Win 2008 Server R2 and RHEL 6 available to install
and play with some of our software that I'm documenting.
We do have licenses for those. So virtualization seems the way to go.

I can't launch Xen on my Windows box, and there's a freeze on buying
new VMWare licences, so I'm looking for a good, safe, free virtual
environment that I can install on my Windows 7 (64-bit) host computer.
(If "free" is not available, low-cost is another option I'd
consider... since it would be out-of-pocket.)

Does anyone have suggestions based on recent positive experience (your own)?

-k



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