Wow, we must have some pretty sharp M&A people. I’m no virtualization guru, but I thought that at least I knew about the serious players. But now we’re buying innotek, who make VirtualBox; I’d never heard of ’em but the reviews look good. I tried it out and learned a couple things.
First, there’s an OS X version which has a “Beta” label, but it downloads fast (only 21M!), installs easy, and is 100% Mac-flavored, seems to more or less Just Work.
The defaults are silly though; 128M of memory and 8G of disk. Neither Nexenta 1.0 nor the Indiana Developer Preview worked, nor did either provide useful error messages. Cranking the memory to 1024M and the disk to 20G got them both to install.
Nexenta couldn’t get out of console mode into X, but it seemed like a perfectly functional Unix system. Bug filed.
Indiana had Gnome running, felt perfectly snappy, but couldn’t see my Airport network. I filed the bug and there was a workaround posted this morning.
VirtualBox tickles my fancy: small, lightweight, works. Hmm... I wonder how the Orange Box games will run on my Mac?