I haven’t played around with Linux for several years and while it has been awhile I would say I’m fairly competent moving in and around Linux. There are numerous applications that I need windows for so I plan on installing Windows as VM.
I have a Razer Laptop that I plan on installing Linux on I am either going to use Virtualbox or VMware Workstation Pro. I am a student so I can get and use VMware Workstation Pro for free. The last time I used VMware was for work back in 2010 so it has been a very long time since I have used it.
My question is which program would you recommend, Virtualbox or VMware Workstation Pro. I’m open to other suggestions as well.
Most people here seem to use kvm (potentially with GPU passthrew, depends on what youŕe doing wether or not you need that) as opposed to the other two options.
Wendell has a lot of video guides on his youtube channel too about that. Iḿ sure you can find something there.
Otherwise I’d say VMWare. VirtualBox on Windows already is not that amazing (but at least it works and is free) and on Linux it’s the same, except with more occasional bugs that break it when you update it, from my experience.
VMware Workstation is worth the money for me. It is more slick than virtualbox, performance is better, it talks to vCenter and ESXi servers.
However if you’re a student, i’d do the following (the below in order of user friendliness from less to most):
try KVM+virt-manager, see if it will do the job. KVM is included with most distros now. KVM is pretty powerful and can do stuff like hardware passthrough, etc. but user friendliness is not a strong point IMHO.
I agree with @maximal for the most part. It really depends if you have the cash for Workstation, but IMHO it is worth it. Virtualbox is a bit more clunky, a little less performance, etc. But it may be “good enough” and can’t argue with the price.
VMware is good for templates, thin clones of said templates, etc. I use it for cloning heaps of VMs from sysprepped windows images for testing purposes.
EDIT: Actually, never mind this post. Somehow I thought someone made a statement as in Workstation Pro is actually free (for everyone) in some way shape or form. Just got something wrong somehow. Don´t know how. xD
I saw that as well and didnt bother asking because I use Fedora and static stuff can break. Virtualbox modules are in the kernel now. Which is good because Ive had Virtualbox break till I fixed it I think 2 times in 2 years…In the USB pass through I need from it.
Workstation does need to be reinstalled occasionally to fix kernel stuff, but if you care about performance at all, in some situations Workstation is WAY faster than virtualbox. PXE boot for one is (last i tested, which admittedly was a long time ago) 10x plus faster than Virtualbox. I’m not joking. PXE in virtualbox when i was messing with it took like 30 minutes to boot an SCCM boot image. Very much a niche use case I suspect, but that’s why i suspect it is still an issue - its a low priority use case on a free product = more important things to fix.
Workstation seems to be easier to integrate with things like GNS3, works with vCenter and ESXi hosts, etc.
Virtualbox is a great product for free, but if the OP can get workstation for “free” (via school/work/whatever) virtualbox just isn’t even close really.
If cost was a concern though - i have and still do recommend virtualbox to most people looking to just run windows for some niche purpose.
Id agree as in only using QEMU vs Virtualbox…
Virtualbox windows VM’s are glacial speed but work for their task. I have an itunes machine and an old Iphone that’s perfectly fine and working.
I respect it all still runs 7 years later. While everything else loses support after 3-4 years.
When it’s full on professional services running in a VM.
It’s a new world where the money is flowing and the risk is extreme. I think businesses need to invest more time into the security of there app’s and services they use than actually moving there databases forward.
I’ve used Virtualbox on Ubuntu 16.04 on my HP laptop for about 18 months now to run a virtual Windows 7 machine for various work things and it’s been great. Performance has been perfect and setting up was extremely easy.
When I try to turn on unity with linux as a guest or host Vmware says this feature isnt avaible for linux as guest and host. I guess I could install an earlier version; however my school only gives me free access to the latest version