Originally created at the request of the German federal government, BitBox (short for "browser in the box") runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well as Debian Linux, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Gentoo, allowing users to surf the Web worry-free, Sirrix says.
BitBox's security derives from the fact that the browser runs in a virtualized environment using VirtualBox 4.04 and a hardened implementation of Debian 6 Linux. The included browser--Firefox 4--then runs in a separate virtual machine with its own operating system, keeping it completely separate from the rest of the user's system.
I've run browsers in virtual machines before, but this one will supposedly be more seamless with your OS. The download is quite large 700+MB due to the virtualization software included. Anyone tried this one out?
Msg#: 4317728 posted 2:21 am on May 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
Downloading now ( wonder if it will run from a USB as a portable ?..all my web stuff is on USB ..given that its an app in a guest OS probably not ..we'll see if it can be coaxed into it :) ..They aren't going to get many people running this unless they give an English language option on their site ..even the form to download is only in German..as is all the documentation ( apart from the copyright notices in the PDFs of Installation instructions..the rest is in German only ) ..which is dumb because even the browser in their documentation is shown in English in the screen caps!
Msg#: 4317728 posted 4:32 am on Aug 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
It's just Firefox running on a virtual PC. It does everything your normal browser does, but it's sandboxed. Without English documentation it's too much hassle for the average person to install, let alone maintain.