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    Phoronix: VirtualBox Gets 3D Acceleration For Linux Guests

    VirtualBox, the popular virtualization software platform owned by Sun Microsystems (though Sun may soon be owned by IBM), has been reaching a number of 3D milestones in the past few months. Back in December, Sun had introduced OpenGL acceleration for Windows guests through a modified OpenGL driver for the XP/Vista virtualized operating systems that would then execute the OpenGL calls through the host operating system and its driver/hardware...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzE0OA

  • #2
    Oh sweet now you can have compiz in a virtual machine !! also play some Linux exclusive (lol) games as well.

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    • #3
      Rather the opposite: now you can have Linux and play windows exclusive games through windows virtualization.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
        (...) also play some Linux exclusive (lol) games as well.
        Windows player can now emulate linux UT3 to finally discover the wonders of the new unreal engine, nearly 1 year and half after its exclusive launch on the linux platform.
        Windows players are raging as there still no official release date for that game under Windows, although now they can play through emulation...

        Ok, stop kidding. Just is it possible to play CS:Source with that Virtual box ???
        Does anyone know some how-to on how to achieve that ??

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        • #5
          Originally posted by misiu_mp View Post
          Rather the opposite: now you can have Linux and play windows exclusive games through windows virtualization.
          You can use Wine for that just as well as they're using Wine's DirectX->OpenGL conversion.
          Well, maybe the copy protections work better with an emulated system, but on the other hand I wouldn't wonder if they also failed in virtual machines...

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          • #6
            Well, I think the first few had it right, this latest update makes it possible for linux guests to get 3d acceleration through the host operating system. So this means compiz and opengl games in a linux guest machine within some other host OS. But that doesn't mean it doesn't work the other way around, ergo playing windows only games on a windows guest inside of a linux host, I believe that feature was introduced earlier...

            What would be really interesting to see would be a performance comparison between some windows games running on:
            Linux with Wine
            Linux HOST-windows GUEST
            Just plain Windows

            Michael please make that happen, it'll be interesting to see how they all perform in relation to each other.

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            • #7
              VirtualBox doesn't work with x-server 1.6.0

              I just tried to install the extras on jaunty.
              It will not install the x11 extra's and it removes the virtualbox video module.

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              • #8
                Shouldn't the headline read: for Windows guests?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Louise View Post
                  Shouldn't the headline read: for Windows guests?
                  Why? OpenGL acceleration support for Windows guests was introduced months ago (as the article mentions), and now OpenGL acceleration support for Linux guests is being introduced.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
                    Why? OpenGL acceleration support for Windows guests was introduced months ago (as the article mentions), and now OpenGL acceleration support for Linux guests is being introduced.
                    Ahhhhh... Now I understand

                    Why would anyone want to run Linux 3D in a virtual machine on Linux?

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