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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 narrows gap with VMware, Parallels

Oracle is in a constant battle over market share and visibility for its virtualization products against the likes of VMware, the 800-pound gorilla. Despite the competition, Oracle's VM VirtualBox hypervisor is chugging along after being assimilated into the Oracle collective more than two years ago.

Many people feared that Oracle would kill off VirtualBox after it acquired Sun Microsystems, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it's been a little over a year since the last major release was announced, and Oracle is once again pushing the virtual ball forward with a major release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.

While perhaps not as polished or as easy to use and configure as competitive desktop virtualization products from Parallels and VMware, the latest release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 is getting much closer to that elite group. Throw in the fact that it's open source software and comes with a palatable price tag (free), the platform becomes that much more interesting, with a cult following of its own.

"As the only free, open source virtualization software that supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and Oracle Solaris platforms, users can install Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 on their preferred host platform and run a huge variety of guest operating systems in virtual machines," said Wim Coekaerts, Oracle senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering.

With the latest release of VirtualBox 4.2, Oracle increases the product's list of compatible operating systems. It now supports Google ChromeOS, Apple's Mac OS X 10.8 (aka "Mountain Lion"), and the recently announced Microsoft Windows Server 2012, as well as Fedora 17, Solaris 11, Ubuntu 12.04, and Oracle's own Linux 6.3.

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Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:09 AM by David Marshall
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