[MVLUG] Mesilla Valley Linux Users Group meeting today
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
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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