Lightweight Virtualization

Looking to run Linux within Windows?

Think vmware and clunky linux ports (bochs, qemu, etc) are your only free options?

Think again. Maybe I have been living under a rock, but until recently I was unaware of innotek’s vrtualization offering called VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is not quite as stable a vmware, but more than makes up for it with the light refreshing aftertaste. You do not need IIS installed. It has a small footprint, and is feature-packed (it has excellent USB support).

The main version of virtualbox is free (as in beer) for non-commercial use, but there is a free (as in speech) version available as well (albeit with fewer features).

I have run windows vista, centos 4 and fedora 7 on it.

I highly recommend this software, but don’t take my word for it. It is a quick download, and a painless install. Give it a try!

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