Sun VirtualBox

IE8 in Windows 7 RC running as a guest OS under Sun VirtualBox on Mac OS X
IE8 in Windows 7 RC running as a guest OS under Sun VirtualBox on Mac OS X

I’ve been playing a little bit recently with some virtualization stuff in order to see if running Windows in a virtual machine on my Mac will work (the subject of why I might want to do that is fodder for a separate future post). I have to say that Sun’s VirtualBox has to be one of the coolest pieces of software I think I’ve come across. Ever.

As things stand right now, I’m running the Windows 7 RC in a VM on my old MacBook Pro (which is a little underpowered, particularly in the RAM department, for something like this). I just updated to the newly-released version 3.0.0 of VirtualBox and updated the installed “Guest Additions” software within the guest OS without a hitch. The documentation is quite good, the forums are active and frequented by helpful souls, and the level of functionality and polish in this product is exceptional for something free.