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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Seeking recommendations for virtualization sof

From: Serge Hooge
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Seeking recommendations for virtualization software
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:59:25 -0400

On Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:11:05 -0400
Jim Garrett <> wrote:

>  From my limited exploration, I found that there is a limited version
> of VirtualBox that is GPL2.  That, and the fact that it's Oracle, 
> discouraged me from using it.  I did check that out before I posted; 
> it's the best-known choice.  I started looking beyond that, and
> that's when I realized I should seek input from others.
> I might add that I'm using GNU/Linux (Mageia).  My purpose in trying
> out other distros is to do some limited use testing of several
> distros.  I'm going to try them out with some people with whom I've
> been discussing usability and convenience of Free software, and I
> wanted to try out several different systems, and virtualization would
> make this fairly convenient.

I also understand that pretty much all the truly free parts of
VirtualBox have been copied from QEMU, making QEMU a very good choice.

I used QEMU to test TalkingParabola not long ago and I thought it
worked pretty well. It even has plenty of advanced features, such as
passing real hardware to the host too.

Just use one of the many available GUI frontends so you don't have to
learn all the million switches QEMU has and setting up a virtual
GNU/Linux guest becomes a cakewalk. :)

Serge Hooge

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