VirtualBox

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VirtualBox vs. VMware vs. Parallels

Feature VirtualBox Parallels Workstation / Desktop VMware Server / Workstation
Supported host operating systems Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Linux, OS X (beta), Solaris (under development), FreeBSD (under development) Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Linux, OS X Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Linux (32bit and 64bit), OS X (beta)
Supported guest operating systems DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, OS/2, Solaris, others DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, OS/2 DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris
64bit host OS support yes no yes
64bit guest OS support no (planned) no yes
Intel VT-x support (CPU virtualization extensions) yes yes limited
AMD-V support (CPU virtualization extensions) yes yes limited
Virtual network cards up to 4 1 up to 4
USB support yes yes yes
iSCSI support (VMs can directly access storage servers over iSCSI) yes no no
Serial ports up to 4 up to 4 yes
Parallels ports no up to 4 yes
CD/DVD writing yes no no
3D acceleration no no limited
Support of VMware images yes no n/a
Support of Virtual PC images no (planned) no no
Headless operation yes no yes
Remote VM access Integrated RDP server no limited
Remote USB support Yes, arbitrary devices no no
Window overlaying no (planned) yes ("coherence") no
API Full API, 100% scriptable no yes
Open source Yes (dual licensed, some enterprise features are closed source) no no
License costs Free in most cases, otherwise €100 / $130 $49.99 for Windows/Linux, $79.99 for Mac OS X Workstation around $199, Server free for end users, not redistributable

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