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VirtualBox

InnoTek
VirtualBox 3.2.6 running Oracle Linux Enterprise Server 6 on Windows 7
Software information
Original authorInnotek
DeveloperOracle Corporation
Initial releaseJanuary 15, 2007
Frequently updatedyes
Written inC++, C, X86 assembly
Operating systemCross-platform
File size40 - 82 MiB depending on platform
Available inC++, C, X86 assembly
TypeVirtual machine
LicenseBase Package: GNU General Public License version 2 (Optionally CDDL for most files of the source distribution), "Extension Pack": PUEL
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Oracle VM VirtualBox is an x86 virtualization software package, originally created by software company Innotek GmbH, purchased by Sun Microsystems, and now developed by Oracle Corporation as part of its family of virtualization products. It is installed on an existing host operating system; within this application, additional guest operating systems, each known as a Guest OS, can be loaded and run, each with its own virtual environment.

Supported host operating systems include Linux, Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Solaris, and OpenSolaris; there is also a port to FreeBSD (only OSE version). Supported guest operating systems include versions and derivations of Windows, Linux, BSD, OS/2, Solaris and others. Since release 3.2.0, VirtualBox also allows limited virtualization of Mac OS X guests on Apple hardware.

According to 2010 surveys by LinuxJournal.com, and LifeHacker.com, VirtualBox was the most popular virtualization product with over 50% of the vote.


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