From this week’s MacUser blog:
Joining the ranks of Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion and CrossOver is a new addition to the Mac virtualization market: VirtualBox. A few days ago, innotek released a Mac beta version of the software, in addition to its existing Windows and Linux editions.
What differentiates VirtualBox from its competitors is its price: $0
for personal use. Not only that, it’s completely open-source. It runs
various flavors of both Linux and Windows (including Vista). A few
include a modular design, Remote Desktop Protocol support, and shared
folders. Overall, it sounds like VirtualBox is somewhat on the geeky
Judging by the lone Mac screenshot on VirtualBox’s site, the product lacks Parallels Desktop’s polish, but early user reports sent to MacWindows
suggest the speed is impressive. There’s price to pay for the “beta”
label, though: among other things, expect USB support to be flaky.
Anyone want to try it out and report back? The beta is downloadable from VirtualBox’s website.