This is the premier freeware and open source VM platform out there for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and even Solaris hosts. Oracle Virtualbox supports all the standard fare such as older versions of Windows as well as more obscure products, such as Novell Netware or eComStation, and OS/2. Just be sure to install the Oracle VirtualBox Extensions Pack before use in order to enable enhanced functionality like PXE and USB 2.0.
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