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Hi there. I'm wonder which hardware virtualization software is better (VirtulaBox vs VMWare Workstation). Is one objectively better than the other (for reasons other than one is open source and one is paid and closed sources)?

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I don't think one is objectively superior, but I prefer VBox.

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7 minutes ago, DriedSponge said:

Hi there. I'm wonder which hardware virtualization software is better (VirtulaBox vs VMWare Workstation). Is one objectively better than the other (for reasons other than one is open source and one is paid and closed sources)?

Mostly use Virtualbox, but the one feature I use/used with VMWare was the "VMPlayer" feature, that allows an application running inside a VM to appear on the host desktop as if it were running natively.

Had to do this once or twice for stubborn clients that refused to move on from ancient accounting software running on XP. So they could have W10, but run the old XP app as if it was installed on W10.

I find Virtualbox just a little more straightforward to use, so that's my preference.

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For straight up virtualisation there's very little between them however VMWare has some advanced stuff that VBox doesn't.

 

Virtual networks including a virtual switch, virtual printers, the ability to connect to an EXSi server and run remote VMs on your local machine, the ability to run macOS (though this requires some patching to enable the feature) and scambaiters use VMWare exclusively because its possible to edit some files on the local machine and make the VM 100% stealthy so scammers connecting to it cannot tell its a VM at all.

 

For your everyday VM needs VBox is more than good enough.

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