Imagine that you want to test a brand new operating system or program, but you do not want to compromise settings and data by program or operating system. In such scenario, you should use a virtual machine. Virtual machine is a program which creates a virtual computer inside your actual operating system, enabling you to install anything without worrying about compromising or losing data.
is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for business as well as home use.
It runs in Windows versions 95 to, Mac OS X, Solaris, and Linux, and it supports a wide variety of guest operating systems, including MS DOS, early versions of Windows, and OpenBSD.
's wizard-based interface simplifies the creation and management of virtual machines (VMs). The tabbed main display is paired with a side panel listing all existing VMs. Control icons labeled New, Settings, Start, and Discard manage all functions, and tabs for Details, Snapshot, and Description display information about any selected VM.
When you click New the wizard let us select the operating system (Linux) and version (Ubuntu) we intended to install during the creation, as well as specify the total amount of RAM to allocate for the new VM. Next we created a new virtual hard disk, though you can pick an existing bootable disk image. You can choose to create either a fixed or dynamically expanding disk; we chose the latter. If you need more RAM or disk space, the Settings icon accesses these options as well as other settings like sound, USB, and serial ports. When everything was prepared, we clicked Start, followed the First Run Wizard, and created a custom -configured VM prepared to host our new OS. Astonishingly, VirtualBox
even had a wizard for that. While you are using your VM, you can always leave back to the host system immediately with a given keystroke.
offers the means to reduce electricity and hardware costs, enabling the possibility to use a small number of powerful hosts running multiple virtual machines on each one, instead of using a high number of partially used computers.
is being actively developed with regular releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox
is a community effort backed by a dedicated business: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Oracle ensures the product always meets professional quality standards.
is an excelent solution to test an operating system or software product without having to install it on your operating system.
Download and install VirtualBox
safely and without concerns.