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    Phoronix: VirtualBox DRM/KMS Graphics Driver Being Prepped For Mainline Kernel

    The "vboxvideo" kernel driver providing DRM/KMS display support for VirtualBox guest virtual machines has been going through a rework with plans to mainline this driver in the Linux kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...boxvideo-Plans

  • #2
    Great, finally!
    ## VGA ##
    AMD: X1950XTX, HD3870, HD5870
    Intel: GMA45, HD3000 (Core i5 2500K)

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    • #3
      Good news. However, recent versions of VirtualBox are quite unstable in my experience, so I'm looking for an alternative.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by artyom.h31 View Post
        Good news. However, recent versions of VirtualBox are quite unstable in my experience, so I'm looking for an alternative.
        QEMU/KVM works just fine with virt-manager.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mmstick View Post

          QEMU/KVM works just fine with virt-manager.
          Yeah, KVM/virt-manager is a very nice project, but it doesn't have a 3D acceleration (virgl is still unusable). As far as I can remember, it doesn't support snapshots. A proper support of OVF is lacking too. The GUI is not on par with VirtualBox. Gnome Box looks better, but it lacks some features.
          I have also tried VMWare Player, and it feels so heavy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by artyom.h31 View Post

            Yeah, KVM/virt-manager is a very nice project, but it doesn't have a 3D acceleration (virgl is still unusable). As far as I can remember, it doesn't support snapshots. A proper support of OVF is lacking too. The GUI is not on par with VirtualBox. Gnome Box looks better, but it lacks some features.
            I have also tried VMWare Player, and it feels so heavy.
            Go Docker

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            • #7
              if this happens, I could probably enable CONFIG_TRIM_UNUSED_KSYMS in my kernel

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              • #8
                Does this mean when running Linux as a VirtualBox guest we can now use Wayland? That would be awesome. Maybe this addresses something else, but if fixed that would be very cool.

                https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/13471
                Last edited by ehansin; 06-09-2017, 12:27 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by artyom.h31 View Post
                  As far as I can remember, it doesn't support snapshots.
                  It's supported snapshots since 1.0: http://blog.wikichoon.com/2014/03/sn...t-manager.html

                  The rest of your criticisms may still be valid, but haven't bothered me.

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                  • #10
                    Huh, I thought it was already mainline...
                    The host driver, on the other hand, would be nice to have upstream.

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