RE: VirtualBox or VMware?
Ken Heard wrote:
> I would appreciate opinions on the relative advantages/disadvantages of these two apps.
I've been using VMware products for years, primarily to host development environments on Windows desktops. It's easy to use, robust, and efficient enough for my needs. VMware is up front with their licensing; they make commercial products and offer free trial versions for evaluation and home use. There are numerous community-developed VM's available for the price of a download. In return, I have my clients buy licenses when I need VMware products on a project. I haven't done it yet, but VMware's claim to host the same VM in development, test, and production environments is *very* appealing. (I've always had to deal with differing environments, and it can be nightmare.)
I've looked at VirtualBox and passed it up -- Sun does not offer binaries for their OSS version, they are not up front with their licenses (searching for 'license' did not find any links on the download or FAQ pages), registration is required for some parts but not others, etc.. It strikes me as yet another commercial product with a disingenuous OSS sales pitch.
Xen looks like a true OSS project aimed at Linux on Linux. I'd like to try some day.
What are you trying to accomplish?