Is there a reason to stick with VMware Workstation over VirtualBox?—
Kyle Maxwell (@kylemaxwell) February 20, 2012
This led to a lot of good feedback, mostly because I have an awesome community there. For background, I use VMware Workstation at the office (under a Windows host) and VirtualBox at home (under a Linux host). In both cases, I mostly just want isolated operating systems for desktop usage (eg using Linux at work), although I occasionally use them for security research of various sorts.
Some folks liked the idea of moving to VirtualBox. I noted with idealistic and perhaps naïve surprise that nobody mentioned the fact that Oracle offers VirtualBox under a copyleft (GPL) license, although one person noted that he uses it for “price & features”. Others just seem to like it better for non-specific reasons.
Other folks preferred VMware. Some of them just don’t like Oracle – a position I understand and share – but others like the SCSI support, options and performance, or for Visual Studio plugins. Enterprise features and DirectX support also got a mention.
I think my status quo will continue to work well, then. Due to my employer’s use of VMware in the enterprise, I have no problems getting legitimate access to Workstation, even though I don’t need the enterprise-level features. But at home, just for experimentation or segmented desktops, VirtualBox does the job quite well. Even though nothing has changed for me, occasional validation that I haven’t missed something obvious makes me feel better.