[PC-BSD Testing] Wine vs. VirtualBox

Mike Bybee mbybee at dometrilogy.com
Mon Feb 8 08:37:41 PST 2010


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:57 AM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.com> wrote:

> On 02/06/2010 16:25, Arthur wrote:
> >
> >> I vote with Brody Dover for VirtualBox because it offers more than Wine
> does.
> >>
> >> I could never get Wine to run WordPerfect or Adobe Acrobat (not
> >> Reader) and certain OCR programs.  Now that VirtualBox was ported to
> >> FreeBSD and PCBSD gave us a PBI for it, I have no further need for
> >> Wine.  VirtualBox is our friend.
> >>
> >> However, Wine would work for those who do not have a Windows license
> >> (and who could find fault with that!), so it is needed.
> >>
> >> VirtualBox runs Windows faster than Windows.  VirtualBox is our friend.
> >>
> >> VirtualBox lets you run other operating systems too (FreeBSD, PCBSD,
> >> and Linux) so it's good for testing.  VirtualBox is our friend.
> >>
> >> VirtualBox is under rapid development.  VirtualBox is our friend.
> >>
> >> I'm hoping VirtualBox adds USB support to the OSE Edition soon.
> >>
> >>
> >> Ian Robinson
> >> Salem, Ohio
> >
> > Ian,
> >
> > You have to remember that soon Oracle will be buying Sun and they
> > might not keep VB going or do something dumb like charge for it. Case
> > in point: Crystal Ball. Used to be owned by a small company called
> > Decisioneering and they used to offer a great concurrent license
> > product for my University. Oracle bought Crystal Ball, killed the
> > concurrent license deal and now charge per-seat. It was kind of a
> > dick move on Oracle's part and it put the screws to the faculty /
> > students who used it. I would not put it past Oracle to pull some
> > similarly stupid move with VB if only to make money off it. JMTC:
> > compared to how long VMWare's been around and how long VB has been
> > around, VMWare feels the heat on their ass from a VERY well rounded
> > product like VB. We'll see what happens. I agree that WINE has it's
> > place but when you have VB, why putz around with WINE when you can
> > fire up a licensed OS VM and run your app as it was meant to run?
> >
> > Arthur
>
>
> Both of them have their place :) I just VB for testing ISO's, and
> running full VM's, however if I want to play Left4Dead or some 3D game,
> usually Wine is the way to go.
>
>
>
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>
> Kris Moore
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Agreed - Virtual Box is my absolute favorite testbed for ISOs, and I love
the fact that I can migrate a 'test box' between hosts so easily. I actually
have a whole VB based work machine on an SD card that moves around between
PCs/Laptops.
Sort of like PortableApps++ :)


-- 
Thanks,
Mike Bybee
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