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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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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VMWare Releases Virtual Infrastructure Java API and Jython Scripting Examples

Virtual machines are a very neat idea which is spreading fast. The idea of a whole “machine” with operating system, files, data and pre-configured applications waiting ready to be started with a few clicks or keystrokes is pretty compelling. Managing virtual machines has been a largely manual process for most people so far, however. VMWare …

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