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Been using virtual box for my linux vms. Having trouble with it detecting usb devices added via filter i.e. webcam, flash drive. Other than that it's very stable and I like the interface.

I am looking into taking computer courses on a bunch of stuff soon and one of the classes I was looking at was entirely devoted to virtualization. The synopsis? of the class says will involve using vmware. So naturally I downloaded vmware player to start learning it. The thing is very unstable. Loading up the program sometimes results in a not responding and it automatically closes. Other times I can get a vm installed and running but as soon as I try to install the vm tools (same as guest additions in virtual box I think) the vm just goes not responding and dies. Further when it force closes itself if I try to open the vm again it says it's already running and I need to take ownership. This results in an error message as well. Ultimately the only way to stop it from running is ctrl-alt-delete and find the vm in the processes menu and end it manually.

I guess my simple question is this. Is vmware player intentionally gimped to make you buy the full versions? Or is this normal behavior to begin with and I'm going to regret taking this class? I am in my VMs alot and this much instability doing the most basic of setup tasks is a serious concern for me and not sure what I should do and or how to fix this... to say nothing of actually using and working inside the vm itself. I don't want to waste time on a class learning software that is inherently this bad (from my limited experience thus far).

The upside is that when it does run ubuntu 13.04 it runs great, unlike the stuttering nightmare it is in virtualbox
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 6/30/13 at 10:23am
 
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I can't say much about virtual box, as I haven't used it in a long time but I use vmware player to run Linux for my development environment and I don't have any of those issues. That said, I'm running Debian, not Ubuntu.

A friend of mind wanted to try virtual box for the same dev environment and he did run into a lot more issues trying to set it up compared to vm player. He still haven't given up, though, but just thought I mentioned that.

I'm interesting to see what others with more experience with both have to say about one vs the other.

Update: My friend finally got his dev running on virtual box and he likes it much better, mainly because it's much faster according to him.
Edited by MakubeX - 7/20/13 at 6:38am
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