I need Ubuntu 14.04 for a class I'm doing, but I didn't want to install it side-by-side. Does VirtualBox run smoothly on the MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)?

  • Can't speak about on a macbook, but on my iMac, running a Virtual Machine was the only way I could get my feet wet in Ubuntu. Aug 14, 2015 at 13:50
  • I also have an iMac. Using the VM would be nice because maybe I could sync the machines between the two. Also, since there's no iCloud for linux, is there a way that I can connect my iCloud folder that's on my Mac to the VM?
    – macmacmac
    Aug 14, 2015 at 14:46

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VirtualBox works very well with OS X as a host.

Performance will depend on the specs of your specific MacBook, but if you are responsible with your resources (don't have every one of your apps open at the same time), you probably won't have a problem.

Certainly won't hurt to try.

  • It's the entry MacBook(http://imgur.com/zGmsv0o). The idea is that when using the VM I will only be using the VM.
    – macmacmac
    Aug 14, 2015 at 14:46
  • A lot of variables (like what you're doing in the VM), but I think you'll be fine. Aug 14, 2015 at 14:47
  • Thanks. Also about others alternatives to VirtualBox(Parallels or VMware), do you think they perform better?
    – macmacmac
    Aug 14, 2015 at 14:49
  • Not in my experience, definitely not Parallels. Aug 14, 2015 at 14:56
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    I think they all have niches and depends on what you're doing, but in my experience I default to VB (linux, DevOps, and Windows), then use Fusion (virtual OS X) if I need something else and have avoided Parallels (maybe it has gotten better). Just my opinion... Aug 16, 2015 at 0:05

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