F15 / VirtualBox

Steve Clark sclark at netwolves.com
Thu Jun 9 23:15:40 UTC 2011

I use it because it has a nice GUI. I was an original user of vmware when it first came out, actually bought a license.
I have been using VirtualBox since vmware went to the web interface gui, couldn't get it to work so I found
VirtualBox, been using it ever since. I only use it for testing and running XP, not in any kind of production.
Have looked briefly at KVM/QEMU and didn't wan to have to learn another new technology.

On 06/09/2011 06:37 PM, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 09, 2011 at 02:00:57PM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>   >  On Thu, Jun 09, 2011 at 08:01:06PM +1000, Chris Jones wrote:
>   >
>   >  >  I agree. As virtualization technology becomes more and more involved
>   >  >  and frequent on users systems, particularly with advanced Linux users,
>   >  >  I think there needs to be a strong focus on ensuring that all releases
>   >  >  run in virtualized environments without any major issues. ie.
>   >  >  Virtualbox.
>   >  >
>   >  >  Perhaps a dedicated team among the developers who specialize in this area.
>   >
>   >  I don't think there are any developers working on this area, where "this
>   >  area" is Virtualbox. We don't ship Virtualbox. We don't ship a kernel
>   >  that has any knowledge of Virtualbox. There's a good argument for having
>   >  this be part of the QA process and requiring that we boot in the common
>   >  virtualisation environments as part of the release criteria, but I don't
>   >  think we can realistically suggest that our virtualisation developers
>   >  (who work on code that has nothing to do with Virtualbox) be responsible
>   >  for that.
> I'm curious why virtualbox has gained so much inertia so quickly.
> Based solely on the number of kernel bug reports we get that seem to be
> related to it, I have almost zero confidence in it being reliable.
> Why are people choosing it over other solutions, and what can we change
> in qemu/kvm to get users using that instead ?
> 	Dave

Stephen Clark
Sr. Software Engineer III
Phone: 813-579-3200
Fax: 813-882-0209
Email: steve.clark at netwolves.com
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