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VirtualBox 4: First Impressions

Jan 28, 2011, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

"It might seem strange to post a "first impressions" article an entire month after developers release a new version but the original wasn't stable and first impressions weren't positive. To give VirtualBox and its developers a fair shake, the release of 4.02 is a good starting point. There are still some bugs* in the software but overall first impression are positive. While you shouldn't use it for production just yet, the 4.x line has potential.

"VirtualBox is still free and licensed under the GPL. You can download it from the VirtualBox Downloads page for Windows, OS X, Solaris, and Linux. You should also grab the VirtualBox Extension Pack while you're there. The Extension Pack provides support for USB 2.0 devices, RDP, and PXE boot for Intel cards. There is a tutorial later in this article that explains how to install the Extensions Pack.

"Note:The system used in the demonstrations for this article is a 64-bit, dual core, 4GB RAM, Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop installation with updates and VirtualBox 4.02. It is a fresh installation of the operating system and VirtualBox. The system contains no other software."

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