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VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. 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). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction. 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. 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. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.
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bymfillpot, February 12, 2010
I have been using VirtualBox for some time now and have found a lot of use for it for running desktop based virtual systems and headless server systems. It is highly functional, but the drawbacks are that specific functions are only available with the binary version that are not included in the open source version.

If you run it checkout the notes about the command line options, you will be pleasantly surprised.
There are two versions of VirtualBox, the open version and the closed version. Actually, the open version works quite well. I think that VMWare Player, which is also free, is very similar to VirtualBox. It's hard to say which one is better than the other. The advantage of VirtualBox is that it's open source, so the community is more together, and they can help you through your problems.

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