I’ll not pretend to understand the programming and engineering behind it but I have come to learn Sun’s recently-released Virtual Box. Sun Microsystems are going to be bigger players in the consumer market very soon, despite the enormous role they’ve played over the years, quietly helping to build the web. I recently downloaded and installed their Virtual Box software and use it to look at various Linux distributions that catch my eye. Think of VB like running a computer inside your own PC or Mac. Here is VB running Ubuntu on my iMac at home.
It is a running operating system inside your regular operating system – Windows or whatever. Why am I doing this? Well, in the next two years or so I am going to be changing my desktop computer at home and am looking at this or derivatives of it. I’ll be going open-source with the software and am currently downloading PC-BSD – another free linux OS. Ubuntu already rocks my world and with Sun’s VM, I get to keep up to date with its various versions (Eft, Fungus, Heron etc etc) while they get better and better. Oh yea, did I mention that both Ubuntu and Sun’s VB are free? Go get it and say farewell to Redmond and Cupertino. Have confidence in it and it can change the way you see computers forever.