VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 released

Just yesterday I was discussing with colleagues about what might happen to Sun’s VirtualBox virtualization software. I use it a lot, and have become somewhat worried about its future now that Sun has been acquired by Oracle. If this email announcement is anything to go by, then the future looks pretty good: [vbox-announce] Announcement: VirtualBox …

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X Server on Windows using Xming

I have been exploring the use of virtual machine images for web applications recently, and found a tension between easy development (which realistically requires a GUI these days) and small, efficient deployment. So, after years of separation, I find myself back at the point of using X Windows to run “remote” applications using the display, …

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Dynamically provision virtual machines from ruby with Vagrant

I have been doing a lot of work with virtual machines recently. It’s a great way to sidestep machine-specific issues (Windows, I’m looking at you) and set up a consistent development/deployment environment. However, downloading, installing, updating and setting up each new image has been increasingly tedious. Vagrant looks like a brilliant idea to enable automation …

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