Put out earlier this morning on Phoronix were Linux virtualization benchmarks comparing the native performance of a high-end Intel Core i7 system to that of the de facto standard Linux KVM virtualization method as well as Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2.12 and Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 Beta 2. These tests focused largely upon the disk and CPU performance within Ubuntu Linux virtual machines, since that's often where enterprise users are most concerned with virtualization performance. For desktop users, there's also the matter of 2D/3D acceleration support within virtual machines...
Seems hardly usable. The moment I can reliably play Counter Strike in a VM or in Wine at good frame rates I'll finally be able to confine my Windows usage to 1% a year
And how ablut a comparison between VBox and VMWare with 3D acceleration? Or is VMWare's solution Gallium only? (Which woul make the comparison a bit unfair as long as the open drivers are so far behind the closed ones)
Strange those results... Maybe:
1- the nVidia blob doesn't like VBox 3D guest acceleration very much?
2- Oracle is already messing up VBox that much? =S
Although I'm not using neither VBox 4 beta (Using VBox 3.2.12) or nVidia's proprietary blob (I'm using Catalyst 10.7), I'm getting very fast FPS in OpenArena (Between 70/90 FPS) and I even can play UT GOTY / Nexuiz games with very acceptable frame rates (significantly above the "30 FPS" limit).
Those results are achievable in a WinXP VM I've installed (With 32Mb of 3D memory) + Arch x86_64 host + Radeon HD2600...