Sunday, January 13, 2013

Virtual Box (Oracle) and VMware

Fell in love, again, with virtual machines.  Became familiar with VMware working for the school board (free VMPlayer available on net).  Recently, I came across VirtualBox from Oracle, which mimics VMWare, but open source (= free).

Playing with VMs, I found some reasonable uses for them.  If you are installing trial software, why not put it in a VM, as it often clogs up your "real" system.  Similarly, if you don't use large packages, such as Microsoft Office, very frequently, create a VM for the full install, and maybe install only Word or Excel in your main system?  As you install more and more on your main system, everything slows down - keep the main system relatively open, and take the few extra minutes to load and execute a VM when you need access to infrequently used programs.

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