Karl Wilbur karl at
Tue Nov 1 19:50:05 UTC 2011

I use VirtualBox from Oracle (formerly from Sun). It's free and there is a
conversion path for existing VMWare images to be utilized in VirtualBOx. I
have done it several time myself. VitualBox has a friendly GUI and well as
a powerful CLI for running headless.

Karl Wilbur
karl at

On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM, John G. Heim <jheim at> wrote:

> Anybody have any experience with the various virtualization options out
> there? My department runs VMWare but I don't want to pay $200 for a VMWare
> Workstation license for my personal machine if its not going to be
> accessible or if there is something better that is open source.  I want to
> create a bunch of Windows virtual machines to learn a little something
> about Windows networking. I figured I'd use VMWare to learn a little about
> that at the same time. But I don't want to get bogged down with the
> virtualization stuff.
> Also, does anybody know if VMWare esxi is really free? Its free for
> download, I know that. And I know you can download a 60 day evaluation
> version. But it looks like you can download older versions for free. Its
> hard to tell because the VMWare web site isn't real clear. I'm guessing
> that's deliberate. I don't want to wipe out my linux install only to find
> that esxi is going to stop working in 60 days.
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