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Conserve Virtual Hard Disk Space in a Windows 7 Guest OS

πŸ“… November 20, 2016
wasted_windows_space1When running Windows 7 as a guest OS (with VirtualBox, for example), here is an apparently obvious tip that can be easy to overlook or forget about: Disable hibernation and paging in Windows 7.

This will conserve the amount of virtual hard disk space used by Windows 7 and result in a more space-friendly .vdi image on your real hard drive — especially important if using a solid state drive or NVMe storage.

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Xubuntu 16.10 Runs Well in VirtualBox

πŸ“… November 9, 2016
xu03The 16.10 versions of Ubuntu and its derivatives were released last month.

Xubuntu 16.10 is available for download, and, after trying it out with VirtualBox, I can say that it runs well and continues its tradition of familiarity and stability combined with a responsive user interface.

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VirtualBox 5.0 Released

πŸ“… July 17, 2015
vbox5VirtualBox 5.0 has been released, and it looks like…well…VirtualBox!

The user interface is practically identical, which is a good thing because this continues to make VirtualBox extremely easy to use.

I have had no issues with version 5.0 so far, and guest operating systems run fantastic. Of course, VirtualBox is a great piece of software that has always been reliable for me, and I have never had any serious problems with it to begin with.

For full details about what is new, please look at the VirtualBox web site. Regardless of the updates, VirtualBox still possesses the same ease-of-use and reliability it always has, and that is what matters the most.

For those unfamiliar with VirtualBox, it is cross-platform software that emulates multiple operating systems on your computer. For example, if you run Linux Mint, you can install and run Xubuntu, Windows, Ubuntu, or any other Linux/Windows operating system as if you had installed that operating system on its own computer hardware. Software runs inside the virtual guest exactly as it would on a real machine, so if a piece of software you like is not available for your host operating system, you can run it inside the VirtualBox guest operating system.

Those running Windows can run multiple Linux distributions on their Windows computers.Β Are you running Windows and wish to try Linux Mint? You can! Simply install VirtualBox for Windows, download a Linux Mint distribution, and then install it in VirtualBox. Linux Mint will run in its own window on Windows! You can use both operating systems simultaneously without the need to dual-boot.

Are you into web design? You can install several different operating systems to see how your site would appear on different platforms.

You can even run several virtual machines simultaneously (providing you have enough RAM and CPU power) to create your own virtual LAN within the same system. The possibilities are amazing when you apply your imagination.

VirtualBox is a superb piece of advanced software and highly recommended.

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SSD or HDD: Which is Faster for a Virtual Machine?

⌚ April 16, 2014
ssdvshddIf a virtual machine loads and runs from a mechanical hard drive (HDD) or from a solid state drive (SSD), which drive offers faster performance?

Certainly, the SSD will be faster, but by how much? How about some numbers and graphs for comparison? Utilizing my super-scientific timing techniques (a stopwatch), I tested Xubuntu 13.10 in VirtualBox 4.3.10 on both a 5400 RPM and an SSD to see how much the drive affects VM operation and load times.

Here are the results.

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Linux Installation Times in VirtualBox

lm10How long does it take various Linux distributions to install, login, and shutdown in VirtualBox?

A few of today’s Linux distributions (along with a few older ones) were installed and timed using a regular stopwatch to mirror real-world usage times, and here are the results.

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VirtualBox 4.1.12 and Linux Mint 12

Since VirtualBox 4.1.12 was released a few days ago on April 2, 2012, I was curious to see if the sluggish menus and faulty Compiz experienced in Linux Mint 12 would perform better in the newer VirtualBox.

I tested three varieties of Linux Mint 12: An existing installation, a fresh installation, and Linux Mint 12 with MATE.

The results with MATE lead to a pleasant surprise.

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