[MVLUG] Mesilla Valley Linux Users Group meeting today

Shaun Hadfield syrrus at cesmail.net
Mon Oct 5 22:33:03 MDT 2009

On Oct 5, 2009, at 9:39 PM, Karl F. Larsen wrote:

> 	I enjoyed the talk, which was way over my head, but I think I heard  
> that the good VirtualBox software runs only on Windows. It was said  
> the Linux Version is far inferior to the commercial version.
> 	I will try the Ubuntu version on the Karmic system and see how that  
> works.

Well...sort of.  What happens on Linux is that there is the open- 
source code, and then there is the commercial binary.  Both are free  
as in beer for private use.  The open source version misses a number  
of features, including USB 2.0 support, which are included in the  
binary.  As most distributions (understandably) include the open- 
source version in their repositories, the default installation is the  
less-featured one.  You can download and install the fully-loaded  
binary but then you have a tainted system.  Different people have  
different tolerances for closed-code on their linux system.

My experience with the Linux commercial binary has generally been  
positive, though admittedly the Windows version may be a bit  
stronger.  Either package, open-source or commercial, makes a nice VM  
for the price.


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