If you’re looking for a lightweight virtualization solution – for something simple like running Ubuntu from within Windows look no further.
VirtualBox has everything a growing boy/gal needs. I asked a co-worker if he knew of anything better than MS Virtual PC, but not as heavy as VMWare and he mentioned VirtualBox to me.
I quickly downloaded it and was suprised as to how lightweight and perfect of a solution it was.
Quick notes of awesome-ness (At least through my eyes from Vista host to my Ubuntu guest OS)
Once you install the virtualization drivers – you can seamlessly move your mouse from guest to host OS without having to hit any hotkeys or anything.
I’m currently typing from Firefox within Vista, and on my right screen I have Ubuntu fired up in fullscreen – we’re not talking crappy emulation either – i’ve got effects jammin and it’s just like working within full boot-mode.
Networking threw me for a quick loop through my own stupidity. You can easily configure multiple adapters of many types – NAT, Bridged, you name it.
Still a little lacking but for non-gaming desktop purposes the power is there for sure. I only say this because I’ve had a little difficulty with fullscreen OpenGL -style screensavers – and that might be due to my lack of installed drivers. We’ll see. But at any rate, I’m running window effects on a 1920×1200 resolution screen without any lag or issues.