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J_L 07. May 2011 07:27 AM

What virtual machines have you installed?
Just wondering.

Here's my collection:
Fedora LXDE
Icaros Desktop
Mac OS X Leopard
PCLinuxOS Enlightenment
Sabayon CoreCDX
Solaris 11 Express
Windows XP Mode
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7 64-bit

wdhpr 07. May 2011 09:44 PM

Wow..... 15 different machines. I only have Mint and Ubuntu 11.04 and to be honest Mint is collecting dust because I'm taking a very hard look at Ubuntu 11.04 and still deciding on which one will end up as my permanent OS. I'm still kicking around the idea of trying OpenSuse or Mandriva before making my final pick.

Just curious do you have that many systems because you are testing them or do you use them to get work done?

J_L 07. May 2011 10:50 PM

Mainly testing them. Sometimes I do work in one for compatibility, security, or isolation reasons. By isolation, I mean that my host won't be affected by changes.

wdhpr 08. May 2011 12:20 AM

Ubuntu 11.04 has a function that allows the test out applications before actually downloading it by running it on their servers. Microsoft allows the use of some their software from from Windows live. I even heard something about cloud base operating systems. I wonder how this cloud based technology will evolve over time all of which uses some form virtualization.

J_L 11. Aug 2013 08:56 AM

:eek: This old thread is still alive? Anyways, here's the update:

In the past 2 years I noticed how some of my virtual machines there were simply for show and served little to no use. Therefore, along with moving to from VMware Player to VirtualBox for more functionality, I have a new collection that is more frequently utilized as at least learning tools. Here they are:

Fedora (x64 GNOME), Haiku (Nightly GCC4 Hybrid), Manjaro (XFCE), openSUSE (KDE), OS/2 Warp 4.5, PC-BSD (LXDE), Solaris 10 U8, Ubuntu, Windows Server 2012 (Datacenter), Windows XP (Professional)

While it was a pain, I managed to get virtually all of them working with full resolution support, clipboard sharing, and/or file sharing. To do that, I installed Guest Additions on all of them, used Windows 7 built-in FTP server if Shared Folders + Drag'n'Drop doesn't work, and VBoxManage setextradata for those still using the Fallback VESA driver. Haiku and OS/2 Warp were noticeably harder, I failed to implement clipboard sharing for the former and full resolution support the latter.

wdhpr 11. Aug 2013 07:56 PM

I managed to test a number Linux distros on my old box Winxp emachine (low-end) I was able to get them to run in VirtualBox well enough to see if I liked them or not. I have a new computer now a refurbished HP workstation dual core 4GB ram running Win7. There is a setting in my Bios but I cant remember what it is but its supposed to get better performance out of the Virtual Machine. It all went well until I tried to install Guest Additions. For some darn reason I couldn't do it, I would click on install Guest Additions... nothing. Finally gave up because I already dual boot to Linux on my 2nd HDD.

I would be interested in giving MAC a try to see what progress its made since the last time I tried it 10 years ago.

J_L 12. Aug 2013 12:50 AM

Which Linux distro was it? Some of them include Guest Additions (Manjaro, openSUSE, Linux Mint) while others require kernel headers and even gcc installed beforehand.

As for Mac OS X, I think it's too much trouble for what it's worth. First of all, Apple doesn't allow installations outside of Mac hardware in their license. Secondly, it requires custom bootloaders and/or distros. Thirdly, you'll need extra steps for full resolution support and sound. Lastly, there is no Guest Additions.
If you're still up for it, here's how for Mountain Lion (probably easier on older versions):

wdhpr 12. Aug 2013 01:30 AM


Originally Posted by J_L
Which Linux distro was it

I believe I was trying out Mint Cinnamon and the Host was Win7. I was a bit confounded because it was a snap with my XP box however I was using Mint as the host and my goal was to test as many distros as possible. I was worried Mint would go to Unity which thankfully never happened.

Yea, running Mac seems like a pain in the keister. I think I can work on the wife's honey-do list for aggravation. :(

J_L 12. Aug 2013 04:45 AM

Do I see three Hosts? Anyways, it's already sorted out right?

Indeed, I don't know why I even tried... Performance was barely acceptable with 2 GB of RAM and dual-core processing in Guest machine.

wdhpr 12. Aug 2013 06:08 AM


Originally Posted by J_L
Do I see three Hosts? Anyways, it's already sorted out right?

Naw, it was only 2 me trying Mint 15 Cinnamon as the Guest while I was booted in Win7 the Host (my new computer) and the 2nd was Mint (my old computer) as the Host trying out allot of Linux distros as the Guests

I never did work out the kinks while using Win 7 as the Host (my new computer). Like I said every time I tried to install the Guest Additions it would fail.

Anyway I gave up because I have a 2nd HDD and if I want to try out a new distro I would use my 2nd HDD's 35 GB partition for testing. The rest of my second HDD is for Mint 14 Mate which I use quite often.

I may try to revisit VirtualBox again but with a spare 35GB partition its easier just to use that rather than going with the Virtual Machine route.

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