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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    7.1

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    71%

    Ubuntu Linux

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Oracle VM VirtualBox ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    7.0
    70%
    38 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    7.2
    72%
    46 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    8.2
    82%
    39 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    6.6
    66%
    34 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    6.6
    66%
    30 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Ubuntu Linux is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox and Ubuntu Linux are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.2

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    92%
    54 Ratings
    9.2

    Ubuntu Linux

    92%
    44 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    100%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Ubuntu Linux

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    90%
    5 Ratings

    Ubuntu Linux

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    70%
    2 Ratings
    8.8

    Ubuntu Linux

    88%
    11 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Ubuntu Linux

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Oracle

    It is best suited when you want to have different operating systems on your laptop or desktop. You can easily switch between operating systems without the need to uninstall one. In another scenario, if you expect some application to damage your device, it would be best to run the application on the VM such that the damage can only be done to the virtual machine. It is less appropriate when time synchronization is very important. At times the VMs run their own times differently from the host time and this may cause some losses if what you doing is critical. Another important thing to take note of is the licensing of the application you want to run your VM. Some licenses do not allow the applications to be run on virtual servers so it is not appropriate to use the VM at this time.
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    Canonical Ltd

    If somebody whishes to be an IT professional, learning the basics of Linux is amust. Ubuntu [Linux] is one of the most beginner-friendly, widely supported, easy-to-use-relative-to-the-fact-that-its-still-linux OS on the market. As somebody who learned the basics of UNIX/LINUX on Ubuntu, it was a very good experience. It is customizable, has a lot of improvements over the years, and live up to be a viable alternative to any modern OS in 2021 as well.
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    Pros

    Oracle

    • It is simple to install - there is no advanced knowledge required to begin building virtual computers
    • It is easy to use - adding new virtual machines is simple with wizard-based deployment
    • It enables easy portability - moving virtual machines from one host to another is straight-forward and simple
    • It is free
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    Canonical Ltd

    • PACKAGE MANAGEMENT. You can update everything - OS installed software, you name it with either a few clicks in a GUI or a single command.
    • No bloatware.
    • No need for antivirus software.
    • Certainly the price is right.
    • My 83 year old grandmother has been using it - and because of this I rarely need to provide tech support. But I still visit my grandmother.
    • You can choose from a variety of user interfaces or rock it in the terminal.
    • Generally speaking, Ubuntu is as polished an OS as any you might pay for.
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    Cons

    Oracle

    • I have had issues in the past when it has come to resizing VM disk storage. The issue is entirely detailed here: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/9103 -- the problem was caused because of having existing snapshots (which error message output was not detailing). I haven't had to deal with the issue due to my dynamic disk sizes not being small from the start anymore (this is mostly an issue for my Windows VMs where the base disk may need significant size for the OS). It looks like, for a resize, that a merge of all snapshots has to occur first -- one user on that list details a workaround to maintain snapshots by cloning the VM. (Note: 5.2 was just released a few weeks ago, and looks like it should prevent the problem happening in the future by properly informing users that it isn't possible with snapshots).
    • Certain scenarios, like resizing disks, required dropping into a terminal as there were no options to previously do so via the GUI. According to some recent posts, I've seen that v5.2 has added disk management stuff like that to the GUI (or will be adding it). I'm comfortable with dropping into the terminal, but in a teaching scenario or when evaluating the learnability of the tools, it complicates things.
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    Canonical Ltd

    • The repository system could be a little better, as some of the software needed is not easily available there.
    • Ubuntu sometimes does not play nicely or easily with some modern firmwares.
    • Some people report slow responses with newer versions of Ubuntu, although we have not experienced any.
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    Pricing Details

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Oracle VM VirtualBox editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Ubuntu Linux

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Ubuntu Linux editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Likelihood to Renew

        Oracle

        I give this rating because virtual box is inexpensive but there is another product such as vm ware that can also be used
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        Canonical Ltd

        Experience with other Distributions.
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        Usability

        Oracle

        Easy and quick to use. Runs at sufficient speed even with 5/6 VMs running, and can handle a bridged network with ease. Easy to disassociate from the host to ensure the environment built within VB is quarantined should anything happen, meaning no risk to physical hardware. Quick to pick up. Quick to add new machines. Cloning feature very quick and comprehensive. I've never had a VM crash or freeze.
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        Canonical Ltd

        No answers on this topic

        Support Rating

        Oracle

        Oracle have a very fast response rate and a strong user community. One can geet help from many sources if they choose to research for themselves.
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        Canonical Ltd

        We did not use the managed commercial support, but instead relied on community forums and official documentation. Ubuntu is very well documented across both instructional documentation from the developers themselves as well as informal support forums [ServerFault, YCombinator, Reddit]. It's easy enough to find an answer to any question you may have
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        Implementation Rating

        Oracle

        We really enjoy using virtual box. We do not require to buy expensive hardware but instead we can minimize costs and maximize profits.
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        Canonical Ltd

        No answers on this topic

        Alternatives Considered

        Oracle

        VirutalBox is very similar to using Vmware with the slight difference in appearance and what might be considered a less polished look. However, what it lacks in polish and looks it makes up for in functionality, easy of use and the wide range of operating systems and features it supports without the need of buying the full professional edition
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        Canonical Ltd

        Windows 10: Expensive, with more security problems, more difficult to keep updated and less variety of free / open source applications. Its use encourages bad information security practices. OpenSuse Linux: A different distribution at source (Suse Linux), use of rpm packages (with fewer repositories and incompatible with Ubuntu Linux dpkg packages), and whose main objective is to be a "testing ground" for its paid version / professional, SUSE enterprise Linux.
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        Return on Investment

        Oracle

        • For personal use, there is no monetary investment, I am running 5 CentOS servers flawlessly in my home lab.
        • Saves a ton of money in an enterprise environment by not having to purchase physical test servers. (Cost of Enterprise product is way lower vs Cost of standing up physical servers and/or cloud servers)
        • Makes virtualization very easy and friendly for everyone for test instances.
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        Canonical Ltd

        • Systems administration with Ubuntu is easy with little deep knowledge about it. Docs and community publications are great resources for any task you need to perform on any Ubuntu server and the organization can save several salaries of specialized sys admins in favor of more active roles.
        • Having been an Ubuntu user for many years personally, setting up new Ubuntu servers on my organization came with zero cost for me. I just deployed one instance from my hosting/cloud provider and started working right after it was running, no need to ask support or hire new staff for these tasks.
        • Replacing paid options with Ubuntu have also saved thousands of dollars on Windows Server licenses. I've migrated Windows/SQL Server based systems to Ubuntu/MySQL/PostgreSQL several times during my career and saved about USD 5000/year in licenses to many of them.
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