Virtualization: Gutsy-on-Gutsy ?

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Fri Nov 16 13:03:47 UTC 2007

Caleb Marcus wrote:
> Try VirtualBox... it's free, easy to install (they have a .deb) and easy 
> to use. The only issue you'll probably run into is that you have to add 
> yourself to the VirtualBox group through System>Administration>Users and 
> Groups, which is pretty simple, but not well-documented. However, in my 
> experience, setting up VirtualBox is much easier than setting up any 
> VMWare flavor.

I don't know about that...I haven't had any trouble with VMWare, plus 
it's super easy to run a couple VMs without having the interface running.

I used to run VMWare from the repos, but after upgrading to Gutsy, it 
appeared that no one was maintaining it.  I had to download the server 
edition from VMWare directly and get the keys again from their website 

Ran the installer and I haven't had any problems with it (yet).  You can 
run a couple VMs at a time, let them run in the background (if you're 
playing with server edition Ubuntu, so you can close the management 
interface and have it appear as if they were just servers on your 
network).  I've had no problems with networking.  I don't think the 
server edition supports sound, though, so if you're looking for that 
you'd need the vmware player, but then you may have trouble generating 
VMs because I think the free player doesn't create VMs, only uses 
pre-existing ones?

Doesn't hurt to try each one, though.  You can install virtualbox on 
your system alongside VMWare and see which you prefer.

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