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#1 2014-04-05 11:37:08

cloverskull
#! Junkie
Registered: 2013-10-26
Posts: 377

Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

Hey guys, I love virtualizing hardware to run different operating systems. I was wondering if any of you guys are as geeky as me. I use virtualbox (since it's free!) and really love older operating systems. Here's what I've got set up as virtual machines in virtualbox so far:

- A dummy to launch .iso's with no hard drive attached (typically for tails)
- OS/2 Warp 4.5.2 - fully working with tcp/ip - very geeky indeed!
- BackBox (with full USB access for pentesting purposes with my wifi card)
- Kali (same)
- Arch - built from virgin arch image (not pre-built) to test my software builds
- Slackware - just for the heck of it - similar to my Arch setup
- DOS - Simple and plain MS-DOS, though windows 3.11 lives there as well
- DOS/DesqView - for ancient preemptive multitasking. I always wanted a multitasker back in the 386 days. Well, now I can pretend.
- Windows XP
- FreeBSD - Built to emulate crunchbang with openbox, conky, tint2, etc
- Gentoo - Built to emulate crunchbang (same as FreeBSD)
- Chrome OS (or is it Chromium?) - just for fun
- Haiku
- ReactOS
- OSX (barely works!)

I also am an old-time Amiga junkie, so I have UAE with a few Amiga installs. I also have FS-UAE and a ton of old Amiga games installed in the launcher.

I have dosbox set up so that I can launch it into a real MS-DOS and even launch windows 3.1

I also have SheepShaver with Mac OS 9.0.4 and Basilisk with Mac OS 7 (emulating PPC and 680x0, repsectively)

Fun fun! Not to mention all my old game system emulators, but that's a different story.

Does anyone have anything else neat emulated? I'm always interested in learning about operating systems. I've learned so much about linux through emulation, which gives me a safe sandbox to play in.

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#2 2014-04-05 12:41:47

Alad
Software Satan
Registered: 2014-02-20
Posts: 1,512

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

Windows 98 for some old (but expensive) educational software that XP won't run.
DOSBox for Pascal roll

MX-14 (to check out some configs)
Xubuntu 14.04 (didn't boot)
Tanglu (I've also tried to build it from a Wheezy netinstall - glad I could delete it afterwards devil )
Crunchbang (to test stuff on a clean image)

I've installed Basilisk a while ago .. haven't figured out how to use the ROM and stuff yet. SheepShaver ( lol ) looks interesting.

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#3 2014-04-05 13:24:35

cloverskull
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Registered: 2013-10-26
Posts: 377

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

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#4 2014-04-05 14:07:25

dot|not
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From: /dev/null
Registered: 2013-09-05
Posts: 371

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

I'm running a few KVM-virtual machines at home (VPN, PyLoad, rsnapshot-backupmachine, transmission-machine for seeding some Torrents) as well as two Linux virtual machines on my Windows desktop (Arch with Openbox, Debian Jessie with i3). Other than that, nothing special. My puppet-vagrant-debianfai-xen-weird-setup-days are gone otherwise.

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#5 2014-04-05 14:17:06

mynis01
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From: 127.0.0.1
Registered: 2010-07-02
Posts: 2,005

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

I'm more into virtualizing networks. I love getting on rigs that have otherwise completely unnecessary amounts of RAM and CPU cores and just virtualizing a whole data center full of machines. I have 32 Gb right now and I use it all and then some. If you gave me 2 Tb of RAM I'd drain that dry too. It's amazing how these days you can just run HPC clusters and things like that off of a single host.

Don't get me wrong either, I love tinkering around with stuff other than Linux. BSD is always fun to mess with. Lately, I've been digging QNX. Something about a dedicated realtime microkernel arch just kinda draws me like a month to a flame  tongue Does anyone know if it's possible to virtualize a proper System V machine?

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#6 2014-04-05 14:47:39

gutterslob
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Registered: 2009-11-03
Posts: 3,207

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

Way too hardcore a thread for me. All I do is run Parallels on OSX, setting up Linux and BSD sessions for my basic needs. Did some Raspberry Pi emulation with QEMU a few months back on an old (Linux) laptop. DOS emulators here and there. That's it. Nothing really worth writing about.


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#7 2014-04-05 14:50:04

intoCB
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Registered: 2012-10-25
Posts: 2,412

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

And the great thing is despite being Oracle, VBox is free software. Free as in freedom, not as in "free the Birmingham Six".

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#8 2014-04-05 15:12:22

mynis01
#! Die Hard
From: 127.0.0.1
Registered: 2010-07-02
Posts: 2,005

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

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#9 2014-04-05 15:20:20

CSCoder4ever
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From: /dev/zero
Registered: 2013-09-03
Posts: 2,256

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

I run Arch ( for whatever )
Slackware ( for the heck of it, and to test stuff on here before throwing it into my slackstation. )
Slitaz ( for web-browsing, to a couple of other websites. )
Void Linux ( trying it out! )
and Windows 7 ( in case I really need Visual studio or something later down the road. )

Currently trying to create a gentoo VM lol.

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#10 2014-04-05 15:57:17

Alad
Software Satan
Registered: 2014-02-20
Posts: 1,512

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

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#11 2014-04-05 16:59:23

cloverskull
#! Junkie
Registered: 2013-10-26
Posts: 377

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

Wow, cool responses, thanks guys smile I see a few things (different OS's) that I'm going to try messing with now. @mynis01 - this sounds really impressive, it would be a trip to somehow take a look at some stuff that you've set up!

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#12 2014-04-05 19:32:11

wuxmedia
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From: Back in Blighty
Registered: 2012-03-09
Posts: 1,478
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Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

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#13 2014-04-05 21:09:24

cloverskull
#! Junkie
Registered: 2013-10-26
Posts: 377

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

I just decided that for some reason I need the LFS experience, so I'm building Linux From Scratch over here. Compiling glibc...hooray... smile

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#14 2014-04-05 21:29:15

mynis01
#! Die Hard
From: 127.0.0.1
Registered: 2010-07-02
Posts: 2,005

Re: Any OS / Virtualization nerds out there?

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