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, Mac OS X, Solaris 10U5, OpenSolaris, FreeBSD (under development) Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Linux, OS X Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Linux (32bit and 64bit), Mac OS X
Supported guest operating systems DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, OS/2, Solaris, OpenSolaris, 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 up to 4 up to 4
Virtual Disk Controller IDE or SATA (up to 32 disks in a guest) IDE IDE or SCSI
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
Parallel 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
Headless operation yes no yes
Remote VM access Integrated RDP server no limited
Remote USB support Yes, arbitrary devices no no
Seamless Windows yes yes ("coherence") yes
Guest power status reporting yes no in beta
API Full API, 100% scriptable no yes
Open source yes (dual licensed, some enterprise features are closed source) no no
Customizations yes, upon request no no
License costs Free $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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