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    Phoronix: VirtualBox 4.0 Beta 1 Brings Major Changes

    It was more than six months ago that Oracle released Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2, formerly known as Sun's VirtualBox, as their most recent major update. Oracle now, however, is readying a very major VM VirtualBox 4.0 update. Today they have released the first public beta of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0 and it brings many new features along with some changes that may prove to be another disappointing step by Oracle in alienating the open-source community...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODg3Ng

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    Your article seems a bit biased. What licence are these extra packages released under?

    Have you thought that maybe they've been separated out to allow for quicker fixes to these specific components without having to release a whole new version?

    This doesn't mean I condone what Oricle is doing with the rest of Sun btw

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    • #3
      rdp was never part of the virtualbox-ose so i dont know whar you are talking about

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      • #4
        Resizing of images is certainly a welcome addition (finally).

        The fact that things like USB and RDP are still not integrated into the main version is indeed not a good sign for the future of virtualbox.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by AnorexiasGrizzli View Post
          rdp was never part of the virtualbox-ose so i dont know whar you are talking about
          As far as I know, none of these things were ever a part of virtualbox-ose.

          In addition, the target market for VirtualBox is server virtualization and Oracle does not have any interest in doing business with home users, but does benefit from having them be testers. It would not make much sense for Oracle to begin charging home users for closed source components that they currently give away for free, so as you said, I do not see what the problem here is.

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          • #6
            hda emulation would be grrreat since virtualbox has problems with audio chunking out in many configurations with windows yadda guests, maybe they will get it right this time

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            • #7
              vbox is GPL2. Fork it if you're so scared.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by oneman View Post
                hda emulation would be grrreat since virtualbox has problems with audio chunking out in many configurations with windows yadda guests, maybe they will get it right this time
                That's been a problem for me since what seems like forever, but with the new HD Audio emulation sound finally works fine with no skipping, crackling or stuttering. Yay.

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                • #9
                  does virtual box support IOMMU?

                  and if it does, is this of any advantage to a desktop user?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cruiseoveride View Post
                    vbox is GPL2. Fork it if you're so scared.
                    I agree 100%. Oracle would just be shooting themselves in the foot yet again by losing whatever open-source contributions were coming their way to a community fork that will inevitably diverge in incomparable ways. Fortunately Virtualbox has at least one perfectly competent fully open-source replacement whose development has been charging full speed ahead for longer than Virtualbox has been around.

                    If we have to fork, people will come out of the woodwork and support a community version. They always do. That said, this was a pretty pessimistic article (with good justification...) and let's hope there's eventually a few good exciting words to say before release.

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                    • #11
                      Well USB 2.0 is not in OSE, but USB 1.1 works. So you can print directly which is the most usefull case when you want to use vendor provided tools for cd printing or so. The addon feature is basically great to give OSE users the full functionally of the PUEL versions before. I would usually prefer to use the official repository but that way the OSE is not as crippled as before. I am a bit sad about the EFI support. It's seems it is only tested with OSX, that's absolutely great... I would like to have got sandbox for EFI testing because with >2TB hds you have to boot from EFI without an extra boot hd. Let's see what happens before, getting a board with proper EFI support or VBox with full UEFI.

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                      • #12
                        Well, if it comes to it I'm sure there are some devs willing to work on open source counterparts to Oracles "packages".

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Smorg View Post
                          Fortunately Virtualbox has at least one perfectly competent fully open-source replacement whose development has been charging full speed ahead for longer than Virtualbox has been around.
                          Bochs? Since Virtualbox release it has lost a great deal of attention, as VirtualBox is a fork of Bochs. I wonder if all the great things and improvement Virtualbox have received over Bochs have been merged back? It could be a great time to merge back if not. I'd also love to have the Virtualbox GUI with Bochs.

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                          • #14
                            Hello, I am just curious.. can you tell me what open source projects Oracle abandoned when they acquired Sun? I know about openOffice.. is there anything else?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kapcom01 View Post
                              Hello, I am just curious.. can you tell me what open source projects Oracle abandoned when they acquired Sun? I know about openOffice.. is there anything else?
                              Abandoned is a strong word. It's more like which OSS projects has Oracle had difficulty in maintaining the community whilst adapting Sun's projects to what is part of their corporate direction.

                              It's like getting a new boss, or moving into a new neighborhood. There are always changes and adaptations - some good, some bad, some popular, some not...

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