[ubuntu-uk] Fed-up with VMWare!

Tyler J. Wagner tyler at tolaris.com
Fri Aug 27 15:59:53 BST 2010

On Friday 27 Aug 2010 15:41:23 Jim Price wrote:
> I've been using Virtualbox since Hardy came out, as it is pretty slick
> and mostly pain free, but I took another look at qemu-kvm after the
> recent announcement from Oracle, and armed with a little foreknowledge,
> I feel happy I could switch to kvm without losing very much, if
> anything. There is a gui for creating and managing VMs (virt-manager),
> and I tend to want to know how to do everything I do in Virtualbox from
> the command line anyway so it can be automated if necessary. I thought
> it was going to be a big job to get it working, but all I had to do in
> Lucid was install a few packages, add a few lines to the network config
> and remove Virtualbox.

I run Virtualbox on the desktop, and manage three KVM servers running 19 VMs. 
I've been doing this since Hardy. If you want an easy solution for virtual 
machines on a desktop, especially VMs with a GUI, use Virtualbox. If you want 
a headless solution, KVM is fine. But it is NOT as easy to use as Virtualbox, 
nor does its GUI work as well. There is no fair comparison between virt-
manager and the Virtualbox GUI.


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