After years of using VMWare, I suddenly had to migrate to VirtualBox; I’ve been using VirtualBox for quite some time now, but not in the way I use VMWare.
First I thought it will be a short-lived trip, but now I’m happily stuck. I still had the image of VBox the way it was in the version 1.x in the head. What a blow it was to fully explore 4.x, in my case 4.0.6!
VirtualBox sure is a great virtualization tool; not yet at the level of VMWare, but it’s getting very close, and esp. for basic day-to-day programming, when all you need is an “alien” test/development system, it’s a very adequate tool to use, and rivals VMWare’s performance quite nicely, and it’s free as in beer.
If you’re experiencing problems with networking under Linux in VMWare (e.g. loosing connection after switching out and back in the virtual machine, after Pause-Resume, or after your host (A)DSL connection “restarts”), try the following simple patch (tested on FC4 and Ubuntu; you can always simply revert the changes to get to where you were).
VMWare Tools are ready-to-install or ready-to-compile on most of the supported guest systems; on Ubuntu/Debian, you have to do a bit more to be able to compile them, since the system doesn’t come with necessary headers and tools.