Running multiple OS on the system is the choice of various curious programmers who indulge themselves in working on different OS on the same PC which is very helpful to get knowledge, understanding the technology behind them & how they works. Although there a different methods like installing dual Os on the same system etc. using Virtual machines has become quite popular one commonly known as VirtualBox.
VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use the popular, amazing, open-source, virtualization software from Sun Microsystems. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.
Sun xVM VirtualBox allows users to create “virtual machines” in their host operating system so that they can install any guest OS, facilitating the development, cross-platform running and testing of multi-tier applications on a single computer. Being very space efficient, Sun xVM VirtualBox has around 40 megabytes and is ready for use after just a five-minute install.
Recently VirtualBox from Sun Microsystems, reached version 3.0.0 a day ago. So, a more powerful one thatis VirtualBox 3.0.0 ia available now with lots of new features.
The big and breathtaking implements in VirtualBox 3.0.0 are:
- Users can now use Direct3D 8 and 9 games or applications.
- The new SMP (Symmetrical Multiprocessing) guest support with no more than 32 virtual processors.
Other major improvements & additions in VirtualBox 3.0.0 for Linux are:
- Support for Linux kernel 2.6.31
- Support for Guest Additions in Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
- Fixed CentOS 64-bit support
- Better performance for PAE guests on Linux kernel 2.6.29 or higher
- Better network I/O
- Revamped settings dialog
- Lots of fixes for 3D support
- Windows 7 Remote Desktop Protocol client support
- Fixed TX checksum offloading for Linux kernel 2.16.8 or higher
- Time synchronization handler provided by the new vboxadd-service module
- Added guest properties, which offers information about logged in users, operating system or network;
- Added USB high-speed isochronous endpoints support, with read-ahead buffering for input endpoints & many more.
Download Sun xVM VirtualBox 3.0.0