I have recently begun using Virtualbox with PCLinuxOS as the host OS (obviously ) & i gotta say im really,really impressed . As most will know opensource projects are undertaken by the people, for the people , no marketing no gimmicks, no cash incentives’ so u know what u gonna get (when dealing with large open source projects) is gonna be good , all features that u can imagine will have been implimented off the bat, and if not a simple forum post could have the feature u want included (if it popular enough).
Back to Virtualbox , for a free software u really cant go wrong with this, it runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.
Also VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on.
For me i use it for screen capturing videos from BBC ect using a great little windows app called “replay video capture” , linux does have tools for this but to be honest they are a little hit & miss , sometimes u will get video capture with no audio and vice versa so this saves the day, this is the only feature i miss since switching to linux as my main OS , and quite frankly im suprised the coders havent got a decent linux app for screen capturing video and audio as yet, because as ive said before i can do everything on linux that i did on windows except this feature , Virtualbox is also superb for testing out new distro’s (ive yet to find one to come close to PCLinuxOS)
So thats my shout on Virtualbox , i urge those of you who havent tried it to give it a go, makes it so easy to use ur external USB devices alongside the linux formatted partitions.
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