It’s been a while since I last had to run Windows on my laptop; back then I used Ext2 Installable File System For Windows to access data on my Linux-formated partitions.
In the meantime a few things have changed: Windows 7 and Ubuntu formating ext3 with a inode size of 256 – none of these are supported by ext3 ifs.
Ext2read supports Windows 7 (as well as ext4 and LVM2) but it’s more like a file browser and does not support assigning drive letters to Linux filesystems and since my /home is formatted with XFS it does not help me anyway....
Background In the past I have written a couple of articles on how to run Windows applications using SeamlessRDP and Sun xVM (Virtualbox) and [Linux KVM](http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/Main_Page Linux KVM) (Kernel-based Virtual Machine). After reviewing both articles I have decided to write a new article encompassing both hypervisors and correcting some of the mistakes I have found as well improvements made by a couple of guys who have done quite a deal of testing: Thomas Hansson and Peter Clarén....
Yesterday Sun released the second maintenance release for VirtualBox 2.1
See the Changelog for more details.
Actually my Windows VM has been running smoothly since I upgraded to 2.1.2 but as usual there is a bunch of bugfixes in this release.
Download it here....
Sun has released xVM Virtualbox 2.1.2.
The changelog shows a lot of
improvements. I am especially delighted to see this entry
NAT: fixed occasional crashes (bug #2709)
this one bug has really been … bugging me since it made the virtual
machine almost unusable.
Also, this release adds official support for Windows 7.
At least one defect remains. When running more than one Windows VM VirtualBox will die with the error message...
On 17-12-2008 Sun released a new version of VirtualBox, version 2.1.0.
Looking at the changelog there are some real significant improvements – these are the ones that make me able to ditch VMware Workstation completely:
Support for 64-bit guests on 32-bit host operating systems Experimental 3D acceleration via OpenGL Full VMDK/VHD support including snapshots New Host Interface Networking implementations for Windows and Linux hosts with easier setup (replaces TUN/TAP on Linux and manual bridging on Windows) Especially the ability to run 64 bit guests on 32 bit host operating systems is something I have been missing....