VirtualBox is Oracle’s latest software that brings its users the possibility of installing a new operating system inside the current one. This simulation is known as a “Virtual Machine” and is very useful for testing any kind of software in different systems on just one computer, among other possible uses. Formerly developed by Sun Microsystems since Oracle has acquired the company, VirtualBox has been updated from time to time, fixing bugs and offering support for functions that weren't available before.
Despite VirtualBox being free, its professional quality is undoubtedly good. The virtualization of an additional OS is very similar to other tools like VMware, but we have observed that it is a little faster compared to that client. One of the benefits of this software is that it is open-source, and that means that new versions are periodically launched whenever a problem is detected by the community.
Different Operating Systems in just one computer
The installation of a new virtual machine with VirtualBox is very easy thanks to the wizard included and its simple steps. To do this, you will need to establish an additional memory source for storing data, but that is not a problem anymore since VirtualBox supports a high number of virtual drive formats. Once you finally get your VM installed, this software offers different possibilities for your system, such as creating a VPS hosting services (Virtual Private Server) or just installing programs without dirtying your main OS.
VirtualBox may be a little “hardware hungry” since it will require a proportion of your computer’s resources, but it will take good care of it. The memory it requests by default is high for every virtual machine you want to install, but in return its performance is really good. You can experience some performance issues if you don’t configure your VM properly, so as a piece of advice is that using the recommended settings for the OS you want will make it work really well.
As long as you have a viable ISO image and proper license for that, you can install operating systems such as FreeBDS, Ubuntu, OpenSolaris, Debian, and even Windows. VirtualBox ensures its correct performance for general-purpose use. The application now includes controllers for Virtual USB devices, USB over DRP, and even enables Remote Desktop control.
One of its most popular uses, as we noted earlier, is VPS hosting management. By doing this you can save efforts and resources by having a server of your own instead of dedicated physical servers. The creation of these hosting servers grants you more utilities for your own personal system, taking advantage of its hardware to carry out advanced projects. There are additional tools available for this application that can be obtained through further downloads.
VirtualBox 4.3.4 Features
These are the unique functions and features of VirtualBox:
- Use two different operating systems at the same time, one inside the other, by using the Seamless mode
- VirtualBox supports 3D graphics, USB devices,as well as several virtual disk images from other applications such as Parallel Desktop
- Allows complete communication between the main and the guest OS, being able to share folders and to use the Internet to download files with its Port Forwarding option
- You can group several VMs you have created to manage them much better than just one by one
- The virtual guest systems work as if they were installed on the original computer, carrying advanced task such as VPS servers, heavy data processing, or software tests, among other functions
- You can configure the new systems to be bootable once the desktop OS starts automatically
- It allows changing of settings of the new VM during runtime to manage it any time you need
If you want to learn more about this software before downloading it, you are free to check its developers’ site.
These are the requirements for your computer to run VirtualBox:
- Operating system: Windows XP, Linux, kernel 2.6 system, Mac OS X or later
- CPU: Pentium 4 or equivalent
- Memory: 512 MB RAM
- HDD: 147 MB free space on disk