Yeah, that’s Debian 5.0.5 Lenny running virtually on Limited Edition after only a few minutes of VirtualBox configuration — the install took longer than anything else! This is really awesome, because now I can try out more distros more easily that I could otherwise — while I don’t have the resources to burn unlimited numbers of CDs and/or DVDs, I do have hard drive space (and RAM, for that matter) I can burn in the name of science! I can even install Haiku, Plan9, MINIX, or ReactOS, just to have a different perspective on all things OS!
And if I want to, I can ignore my home OS and work exclusively on a virtual machine, transferring files when I need to via folder sharing through the VirtualBox virtual server — how cool is that?
I think VirtualBox would be the perfect tool to test my programs for cross-OS compatibility — just pop in the OS I’m working on porting it to, and voila, instantly available testing environment! If I want to test OSs that run on PowerPC architecture (e.g., OS X, AROS, MorphOS, Yellow Dog Linux), I’d have to use QEMU or bochs, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
As a side note, I’m still going to keep my native Windows XP Pro install around, especially seeing as it’s already on a separate hard drive — I’d rather have a native copy for the occasional Windows-only game. I’ll still poke around with virtual Windows installs, since I now have the option to fool around with some older versions of Windows that I have lying around (95, 98SE) without worrying about that they’ll destroy my MBR — and yeah, that’s happened to me before .