I've been spending a fair bit of time in a Linux VM, today I decided to try and get Docky to work, but it needs desktop effects.

To cut a long story short, the only VM solution that offers desktop effects seems to be VirtuaBox.

If I want to get better graphics support, is it a good idea to migrate over to Virtual Box?

Is the migration path simple?


I went from VMware to Virtualbox, and love the speed difference. I am not sure about the migration path though, because I just reinstalled from scratch.

Another thing great about VB is that the Free VMware player does not support shared folders, but VirtualBox does.

  • VMware Player supports shared folders. – KovBal Jul 18 '09 at 13:28
  • @KovBal - Not with the free version. – Abhinav Jul 21 '09 at 13:05

I migrated yesterday and have been using it all day.

Performance wise I find it is slightly faster than VMWare 6.5, graphic rendering is smoother, also driver installation procedure seem much less intrusive.

The upgrade is a smooth as silk, the VMDK works just fine in Virtual Box.

I tried out the 3D features, but I must say that running compiz on the VM is not smooth enough, I seem to be getting artifacts and general tearing.

  • 3D support in guests is marginal at best, so this is no surprise. If you need native 3D support, your only viable option is to run on physical hardware. – EmmEff Aug 29 '09 at 23:57
  • Or use a type-1 hypervisor with a dedicated graphics card for the VM (downside: out put will be always be full screen on a different monitor). – Hennes Jul 5 '16 at 7:39

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