Innotek releases VirtualBox: free, open-source virtualization software for Mac OS X

Apple Store“Intel-based Mac OS X users now have yet another virtualization solution to choose from now that Innotek has announced a Mac version of its VirtualBox virtualization software. This time though, the product is based on open-source code and is the first professional virtualization product being made available free of charge to the Apple Macintosh platform,” David Marshall reports for InfoWorld.

Marshall reports, “OS X is the third major platform that VirtualBox supports as it was previously available to both Windows and Linux users. The product supports a wide variety of x86 compatible guest operating system such as: various versions of Windows from NT to Vista, DOS, OpenBSD and Linux. Features include USB support, snapshots and command-line scripting.”

“The OS X version is currently available in its first public beta version and is based on VirtualBox’s new version 1.4 codebase. The product is expected to be completed in the 2nd quarter of 2007,” Marshall reports.

Full article here.

More info and download links: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/VirtualBox

26 Comments

  1. <*sigh*> Just as well, tho … not interested in running ‘Doze anyhoo…

    But I hear there are others who do..
    (cant imagine why !) ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I knew that, coolfactor … just thought there was some
    super-coder out there who could find a way to get around
    those restrictions ..

    But, alas … methinks not…

    PPC is going the way of OS 9, it seems … maybe next year at MacWorld … we’ll see a Dual G5 Cheeze-grater appear on an elevated coffin from beneath the stage … like we did with the OS 9 box !!

  3. Supporting Windows is a critical ingredient in building the Mac platform right now. It’s lowered the (mental) barrier for a lot of people, but once we hit 50,000,000 (twice what we have now), I think the dependence on Intel will be lessened. I just hope Apple sticks to its guns of building of universal platform that doesn’t support just one architecture. Let’s keep our options open for the brightest future!

    MW: keep, go figure

  4. Hey, I like OS 9. I use it at work to drive an Epson 9600. Fast, compact code, virus-free ( who’s gonna be writing malware for OS 9 anymore?), and Epson’s software for OS X leaves a lot to be desired. Epson blames it on having to work throuugh CUPS.

  5. I’m sorry, but PPC sucks and I always thought so even when that’s all you could get in a Mac. They’re old, they’re slow, and they run hot as hell and always did. The best thing Apple has done in the last 10 years (along with creating the iPod) was the switch to Intel.

  6. neomonkey : – I had a lot of problems with Epson writing crappy software for OS 9 as well as for OS X. Other manufacturers manage to write excellent drivers for OS X, but Epson doesn’t. Instead, they try to shift the blame.

    I stopped buying Epson several years ago. The alternatives that I’ve bought ( HP, Canon etc ) have been much better and they still keep working when the OS is upgraded.

  7. “..I’m sorry, but PPC sucks…”

    @ Truth

    Why are you sorry ? … For you, the reasons you cite, make the PPC not an option… and thats ok ..
    However, while most of the PPC still in the wild are in use … they are being used in a very productive manner … they dont suck !

    Key word here is “tolerence” ..

  8. I agree with AlanAudio about Epson. I have several orphaned Epson printers that either don’t have current drivers, or you just can’t find the ink cartridges – either way they have become doorstops. The sad part is they all still worked perfectly the last time I could use them. Stick with Canon or HP for printers. Besides good print quality, the Canon ink cartidges were always less expensive to replace, and didn’t require throwing away all that good ink just because one color ran out.

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