VMware VS VirtualBox

David Fletcher dave at thefletchers.net
Sun Mar 15 19:11:33 UTC 2009

On Sunday 15 Mar 2009, Derek Broughton wrote:
> > OTOH I'm running Kubuntu Gutsy as the host at home, with Virtual Box. I
> > occasionally need to run XP when I work from home, and I reckon it runs
> > better than Hardy does on the VM at work. What I was hoping to be able to
> > do, though, is move any VMs I create (including XP) to a new PC when it
> > becomes necessary. Unfortunately when I tried this for temporary testing
> > purposes, I found that can copy a Lenny VM to my old laptop and it fires
> > up and runs just fine, but the XP VM proclaims that the hardware has been
> > changed and refuses to run.
> It has - because you're moving from a VMWare "machine" to a
> VirtualBox "machine".
No - This is the stuff at home that I'm playing with. The VM was installed 
under Virtual Box, and I copied it to another machine running VirtualBox.

> > 
> > I thought part of the purpose of having a VM was to hide the hardware from
> > the VMs to enable moving them from physical machine to physical machine
> Yes, but the machine is still defined differently between the different
> vendors - and it can hardly be identical.
Same vendor.


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