Alex H. linuxx64.bashsh at
Tue Nov 1 19:53:46 UTC 2011

Only thing is, at present, VirtualBox isn't accessible from GUI on
Linux so you'll need to use CLI. Works fine though.


On 11/1/11, Karl Wilbur <karl at> wrote:
> 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
> 513-322-2481
> 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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