The Best Virtualisation App For Linux

The Best Virtualisation App For Linux

Whether you can’t live without that one Windows app or you just want to try out a new Linux distro, virtualisation is a great way to go. Our favourite virtualisation app for Linux is the free, powerful VirtualBox.


Platform: Windows/Mac/Linux
Price: Free

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  • Easy installation of popular operating systems like Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
  • Run multiple virtualised environments simultaneously
  • Run a guest OS in “seamless mode”, which puts the applications on your main Linux desktop
  • Fast performance all around
  • Take snapshots of your virtual machines, so you can start it up from any configuration or point in its life
  • Clipboard sharing
  • 3D virtualisation
  • Open virtual disk images made in VirtualBox, VMWare, or Microsoft Virtual PC




VMWare PlayerVMWare Workstation

There are others available, but these are the two main competitors in the field, and definitely the easiest to use. Do you have a favourite tool that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

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  • VirtualBox is excellent.
    Easy to set up, easy to use, reliable.
    The ability to save snapshots and import/export machines is magical.
    I ran an Ubuntu 64 bit installation, then made a snapshot for web development, and another for gigapixel photography. It saved a lot of time by doing the Linux installation just once.
    Even better you can download pre-built virtual machines and run them without installation.
    Tip: Plan your disk usage before you do anything. VMs take up a lot of space and you can’t change the location of the files after you have created a VM.

    • You can in fact relocate it, even move between PC’s if you so desire.

      If you relocate it just remember to remove the HDD from your Virtual Media Manager. You should then be able to re-import it and attach it to a VM.

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