Editor's Review for VirtualBox
VirtualBox is a free and powerful virtualization software from Oracle Corporation that was developed for the x86 and the AMD64 and Intel64-based PCs. Unlike most virtualization tools that are also available for download on the internet, VirtualBox proves itself as the most superior since it lacks the limitations of other virtualization software.
The program runs on almost all editions of Windows beginning from Windows 95 to Windows 7. Mac users and Linux users also enjoy its versatility as the latest editions of the software are also available on their platforms.
VirtualBox’s GUI system makes it fairly easy for a user to create and manage Virtual Machines, or otherwise known as VMs. It has a tabbed display in which all working VMs are listed, and just beneath the tool bar, there exist four control icons: New, Settings, Start, and Discard. These are used to manipulate the VMs. VirtualBox also allows you to view details of the current VM, and you could also take snapshots of the virtual OS that you’re running.
Upon clicking the New VM button, you are greeted with a wizard that guides you through the processes involved in creating the VM. The first step involves creating a name for your VM and specifying which kind of operating system you intend to install. Next, you will be creating the hardware profile of your VM by specifying the amount of RAM you want it to have and the hard drive capacity. It is worth noting that there are several options available upon selection of the type of hard disk you want.
Other controls are usually set up later after you’ve directed VirtualBox to the OS image files that you want to run. Some of these settings include the amount of video memory you want to have and settings for the peripheral devices that are attached to your host computer.
Simply put, the things you can do with Oracle’s VirtualBox are limitless, and it doesn’t stop there for its open-source development means you are not bound by anything.