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Subject: Re: [boost] [Windows developers] Linux virtual machine for Boost developers
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-09-26 15:17:24

on Fri Sep 26 2008, "Emil Dotchevski" <> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 6:41 AM, Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> In another thread, Anthony Williams wrote:
>>> ... I'll open a trac
>>> ticket, and fix it when I'm next using my linux box.
>> I develop on Windows, and used keep a Linux box around for developing Linux
>> specific code. But lately I've switched to using VirtualBox
>> ( for Linux development. It's free, open source, is a lot
>> easier to use and maintain than separate machines or dual boot
>> configurations, It is also easier to use than other virtualization
>> approaches I've tried, which tended to be fragile.
> I second what Beman said, VirtualBox is the way to go. I would add
> that it also lets you directly mount windows foldes, so once you get
> it up and running, you can edit the source code in Windows and just
> build/test in Linux. Finally, saving the current state of the box
> works great, so it takes no time to bring it up when you need it and
> close it when you don't.
> I am pretty sure however that VirtualBox doesn't expose the multiple
> cores of the CPU. So in terms of testing multi-threading code, which
> is what Antony typically does I suppose, it's use is rather limited.

For multicore VMs, you can get VMWare Server free from

As the industry's leading VM technology, you can expect support for most
of the same things that VirtualBox supports. Snapshots, for sure.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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