While a new Mac OS X laptop might be the perfect system for hosting a cornucopia of virtual machines, you may soon discover that many of the Mac function keys are already used by your laptop subsystem. How do you get something as simple as F12 to access the virtual BIOS using VirtualBox?
Recently following an unrelated upgrade to my VirtualBox client, one of my host VM’s started exhibiting unusual behavior. While it was possible to retrieve directory listings from a UNC path, any attempt to map a drive would result in a standard although somewhat generic error message. Continue reading
VirtualBox is a desktop virtualization product that allows you to run multiple operating systems on a single PC without rebooting. It is very similar to VMware but the licensing model is somewhat different. In addition to providing an Open Source Edition (OSE) with native installers for Windows and OS X, there is excellent support for Linux hosts. In my environment with Ubuntu 7.04, this is what I ended up doing to get this installed.