Sun Does It Again

Saturday, 2008-February-16 at 17:51 1 comment

Sun announces deal to purchase Innotek, the company behind VirtualBox.  I have frequent conversations with, Mike, a co-worker (and former Sun stockholder) about the moves the company is making.  Says Mike, "Why weren't they doing this when I owned it?"

Every time I turn my eyes away from Sun, they surprise me.

The Open Source Edition of VirtualBox is available under the GNU GPLv2, while the PEUL applies to most binary versions.

“VirtualBox provides Sun with the perfect complement to our recently announced Sun xVM Server product,” said Rich Green, executive vice president, Sun Software. “Where Sun xVM Server is designed to enable dynamic IT at the heart of the datacenter, VirtualBox is ideal for any laptop or desktop environment and will align perfectly with Sun’s other developer focused assets such as GlassFish, OpenSolaris, OpenJDK and soon MySQL as well as a wide range of community open source projects, enabling developers to quickly develop, test and deploy the next generation of applications.”
Sun's announcement.

Sun's xVM virtualization technology appears to be based on Xen, while VirtualBox seems to have some relationship with Qemu.

I tried out VirtualBox about 9 months ago, finding that it ran virtual machines faster and consumed less memory than VMWare does, but with less ability to tweak those VMs.  In particular, I found that I could not put a VM on an external hard drive.  The only way to use VirtualBox is to create the machine in the default location.  I could not slice virtual hard disks into multiple files (a trick VMWare uses to enable hosting a VM on a FAT partition).  But when you use a computer with 512 MB of RAM, VirtualBox's additional speediness can be the difference between slow and unbearably slow.

VirtualBox may be downloaded from VirtualBox.org.

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