At A Glance: OpenSolaris, VirtualBox, NetBeans and OpenOffice.org Reviews from Last Week


OpenSolaris
Peter Wu from Windows Live noted that the Nimbus theme "looks really fantastic" and that the ZFS file system was "rock solid!"

A blogger from Linux-Hardcore tested OpenSolaris 2008.11 and said he "felt honored to write a review." He wrote, "It's a system that works, even there are some compatibility issues which, according to the designers and developers, is in progressive solution." Calling it "clean, neat, nice, and well done," he stated that the OS looked very promising, and went on to congratulate its developers.
OpenSolaris

VirtualBox
Sun xVM VirtualBox
InfoWorld's David Marshall discussed the new features of VirtualBox 2.1, noting that "despite the version numbering, this update doesn't appear to be a minor dot release of features, updates, and fixes. Instead, the product offers quite a few new enhancements." David summarized Sun's work with VirtualBox by saying, "with an impressive 25,000 downloads a day, and downloads up 120 percent over last quarter, Sun seems to be doing a good job at breaking through the noise of the desktop virtualization market."

Hawkins Dale wrote that he used VirtualBox at work to run a relatively bulletproof Ubuntu install on his Windows laptop, and at home to run Windows XP on his Mac. He stated, "I love it."

A blogger from ghosTunix.org stated that VirtualBox is one of the best virtualization products for x86 machines, noting that was "extremely feature rich" and available in an Open Source Edition.

NetBeans
NetBeans received endorsements from several developer blogs, including a developer who was impressed with the ability to successfully manage USB, seamless mode, and networking all within VirtualBox.

The blogger from Panda and Python and Me (oh my!) was also impressed, noting that NetBeans "kicked the trash" out of its competitor Eclipse. He concluded by saying "Wouldn't Eclipse benefit from an easier interface that acted a little more smartly? I declare that NetBeans has done just that."
NetBeans

OpenOffice.org
OpenOffice.org
A blogger from Downloads described OpenOffice 3.0 as the result of over 20 years of software engineering, and its consistency could not be matched by any other product.

Jonathan from Teacher Meets Linux was especially impressed by the new Math Interface, and described the software as a "great GNU alternative."
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