Desktop virtualization software
October 27, 2010 2:01 PM Subscribe
I have a computer (Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, 6GB RAM, i5-760 processor) on which I want to run various virtual machines. Help me decide what software to choose.
posted by expialidocious to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My first priority is to run a LAMP stack for website testing. (I already know how to run Apache etc. on Windows, so I'm not looking for help on that.) I'm comfortable with general command-line use and web server tasks, but I am by no means a sysadmin. The web server on the guest machine needs to be reachable from the host machine and other machines on my home network, but not beyond it. I would like to be able to edit code on the host, but serve it using the guest, without moving copies of files around.
I would also like to try out Linux as a desktop environment.
This is for a combination of work, professional development, and fun. I don't mind getting in up to my elbows with research and configuration, but I also don't want to either reinvent the wheel or get stuck in some poorly-documented hell of compiling something unfamiliar.
So my questions to you are:
1. VMWare Workstation or VirtualBox? Why? Are there other options too?
2. Can you point me to some reliable virtual machine images for the LAMP stack, so I don't have to build everything from scratch?
3. Anything I don't know that I don't know about this idea?