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I need a reliable and free virtual machine to run Linux on Windows, multiprocessor and x86_64. I need a good environment to compile and run ffmpeg and libvpx. I have used Mint Debian under Virtual Box, however it has problems after kernel updates. The guest additions doesn't work any more.

Any idea? Is there a special distribution or other free and quite good virtual machine with near native performance?

Windows 7 Professional SP 1 x86_64 (NT 6.1.7601)

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VirtualBox is a good solution. If you had it working, and it was good enough, why don't you try and fix your install rather than fish for something else? – Mat Dec 19 '11 at 16:47
Which Windows version? – Nils Dec 19 '11 at 21:51
There isn't a distribution that's specifically well-suited or badly suited to running in a VM. Pick whatever distribution you like. – Gilles Dec 19 '11 at 23:37
@Mat It works somehow. I only don't have screen autofit and native file sheering. Cifs works. – Michas Dec 20 '11 at 11:29

How about Virtualbox? Works great for me, though I use it the other way around (Linux host, Windows in the VM). Within the VM, Windows recognize both cores so I assume it can use them both.

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I do use VirtualBox. Unfortunately the Windows has to be primary OS. – Michas Dec 20 '11 at 9:39
Vb does work on windows, right? So what's wrong with it? – Kevin Dec 20 '11 at 13:42
VB guest additions doesn't work on my Linux. – Michas Dec 20 '11 at 15:03
Guest additions should work under Linux, if you've tried installing them and they just aren't working, perhaps you should post another question looking for help getting them to work? – Kevin Dec 20 '11 at 15:13
Why didn't I do this earlier? It looks it works. – Michas Dec 20 '11 at 16:09

I've had very good results with a VMWare workstation. 4 years running without any problems. With VirtualBox on the other hand (XP host, Ubuntu guest) I have a lock up at least once every two weeks.

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VMWare workstation isn't free, VMWare player is though. – squarebear Dec 20 '11 at 16:03

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