which Open-Source virtualization software?

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  1. palsword macrumors newbie

    palsword

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    Hello,

    I am planning to install windows xp on my mac to work parallel with OS X and I don't want to pay for a virtualization software. I will be using xp for minimal operations since I just want to learn some basic software on it.
    I have plenty of HD space so I don't care if some software uses more space. What I most care about is that the Virtualization software uses the least possible resources.

    Model Name: MacBook
    Model Identifier: MacBook4,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 800 MHz
    GPU: Intel GMA X3100:
     
  2. littlelarry33 macrumors member

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    Every time I use virtual box, the mouse is really laggy, even on my new 21.5 inch imac
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    really? did you download the tools?

    it runs flawless for me
     
  4. littlelarry33 macrumors member

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    What OS were you running, with windows 7 it was laggy even with 2gb of ram dedicated to it and all apps closed. And what do you mean download the tools?
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    i was running xp

    virtual box tools essentially gives you greater graphics card performcace in the sense you can change resolutions, not have to hold escape to get out of the vm to use osx, and for me, also smoothed mouse behavior, etc
     
  6. littlelarry33 macrumors member

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    Ok, I might try that, because I only have one app that I need in windows and I always have to reboot for bootcamp, which is a pain. Also if I install my windows 7 copy in a virtual PC, and then delete it, does it eat up my only license?
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    go under options while in virtual box and go to install tools iirc

    as far as a license, i am unsure

    however, from my experience building systems, id just call MS when i had an activation issue and no hassle afterwards
     
  8. littlelarry33 macrumors member

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    Alright, thanks man, I will just install the RC to test it out. And if it works well, just re-install the retail copy
     
  9. toolbox macrumors 68020

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