[clug] What do people use for Virtualisation at home?

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Mon Apr 1 23:26:20 MDT 2013

Scott Ferguson wrote on 2/04/13 4:23 PM:

> Crossover - Office 2000 and 2007 (I prefer OOo and LO, but it's good to
> check compatibility), Adobe Acrobat 8, Foxit PDF Editor, Picasa, Dragon
> Naturally Speaking 10, IE 8
> WINE/PlayOnLinux - Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird
> VirtualBox non-free - for lots and lots of things, especially where I
> want a virtual representation of a physical instance. VirtualBox
> machines do transfer easily from one host to another*1 - though
> sometimes I've had to fiddle a little with machines that use RAW disks
> (i.e. USB Flash drives).  I've recently moved all my VirtualBox machines
> from a local instance to a headless server and in most cases it was an
> easy transition. It is possible to move a running VirtualBox machine but
> I haven't tried it yet. It's also fairly simple to convert physical
> machines to virtual machines - the reverse can be a little trickier.
> In most instances I find vboxmanage (and vboxheadless) give me better
> control than the VMWare equivalents - but to be fair I haven't really
> used VMWare much in the last year, maybe it's improved. VirtualBox
> support for Mac became verbotem after Oracle took over - I'd be
> interested if VMWare supported it (VB does, but just not openly).
> Kind regards
> *1 Carlo may have run into version issues with extensions, and sometimes
> you need to remove the imported drive/s from Virtual Media Manager, copy
> them from the original and then add them with under Settings (UUID
> problems). And yes, I do run Debian.

Thanks. Appreciate the fine detail, good description.

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
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