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I've got a macbook air (10.8.2) and want to use an external monitor with 2560x1440 resolution with a Linux (Debian) virtual machine. I want to use the vm in fullscreen mode, with 2560x1440 resolution. Will that work in virtualbox or vmware?

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Yes; I confirm Debian runs Full Screen under VMWare on Lion at 2560x1440. enter image description here

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... and since Virtual Box is free to try - you can start there or just dive in. Be sure you install the virtual box guest extensions before giving up on resolution settings. –  bmike Dec 21 '12 at 20:57

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