VMware VS VirtualBox

Ignazio Palmisano ignazio_io at yahoo.it
Sun Mar 15 20:32:07 UTC 2009

David Fletcher wrote:
> 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.

Strange, I've done exactly that: copied the VirtualBox drive image to 
another computer and ran it there. Windows XP did not complain (yes it's 
original with all the original naggings and activation and such - SP 2 btw).

>>> 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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