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What virtual machine software is there for Linux besides VirtualBox?

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You can use for example qemu + kquemu acceleration, but VirtualBox is easier.

And you can also install VMWare (for example, VMWare server )

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VMWare is available for Linux.

As far as I remember, the server and player versions cost nothing, but the workstation does have a price.

I have only used VMWare on Windows (and that was a while ago), where I found that it considerably slowed down boot times etc. I find that Virtualbox is much better, and have (rather lazily) just used it on Linux rather than bother trying VMWare.

There is also bochs that you could have a look at as well as qemu.

If you do try the others, perhaps you could report back on how they compare: I must admit that I've basically ignored the non-Virtualbox options for quite a while.

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I tried VMWare Player and qemu and they both work better than Virtual Box. –  tony_sid Jul 31 '10 at 1:23
    
The current VMPlayer 3.x works very nicely on Linux. –  Shannon Nelson Jul 31 '10 at 3:29
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Another option is XEN:

The Xen® hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful, efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, ARM, and other CPU architectures. It supports a wide range of guest operating systems including Windows®, Linux®, Solaris®, and various versions of the BSD operating systems.

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That one is hard to install. –  tony_sid Jul 31 '10 at 12:34
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It depends how resrictive your question is. Ie. what you mean by virtual. And this is something that is easily Googled. Google immediately comes up with http://virt.kernelnewbies.org/TechComparison which seems reasonably comprehensive. I used vserver for some years. That worked well, but I think the community around it may be too small for long term survival. More recently I've used VIrtualBox.

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I think most popular virtual machines for Linux are:

There is also a GUI for manage all these VMs - Virtual Machine Manager.

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