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I want to run a virtualized Linux (possibly also OpenSolaris) on my Core Duo Mac that runs OS X 10.4.

How to do it? What are the possible solutions? What are pros and cons of those solutions?

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VMware Fusion ($80) or Virtualbox ($0) will allow you to do this.

VMware's advantage is portability and ubiquity, and I find it to be very robust. Virtualbox is free, which is hard to argue with, though I don't know if it will run OpenSolaris.

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I'm having some success with VirtualBox, though I only need it occasionalyy to check the cross-platformness of some code changes or to reproduce OS dependent bug reports. Haven't tries VMware. – dmckee Oct 24 '09 at 8:07
I find WMware Fusion much better then Parallels. – Josh K Oct 24 '09 at 14:23
It seems that OpenSolaris runs within Virtualbox. Link: – Tadeusz A. Kadłubowski Oct 25 '09 at 13:37
Considering that Sun bought out the VirtualBox team, I'd find it ironic if it didn't run OpenSolaris. – supercheetah Oct 25 '09 at 16:35
I successfully run OpenSolaris (and Windows 7 RC) within VirtualBox running on a Mac (under Mac OS X 10.5, but it should run fine under Mac OS X 10.4 - on Intel - as well.) – jrg Nov 3 '09 at 14:55

I'd recommend VirtualBox. And here's a Gizmodo Howto (although it's Windows on a Mac, the principal is the same).

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