[vbox-dev] VirtualBox - FreeBSD port status
Klaus.Espenlaub at Sun.COM
Mon Oct 6 11:32:44 PDT 2008
Since this pops up more and more frequently - a few bits of information:
You can forget about running VirtualBox in Linux compatibility mode. The
driver won't work.
Also, solving the build problems is also a relatively minor issue - it's
simply bit rot since none of the VirtualBox developers had time to look
into FreeBSD for more than a year now.
The real problem is the FreeBSD kernel driver part of VirtualBox. That
one is just partially done and was never working. Usually
loading+unloading (without running a VM) already caused a kernel panic.
So this is actually where the most work needs to be done - and that
requires intimate knowledge of the FreeBSD kernel. Like reliably
allocating a particular physical page and other unusual things.
If you have that sort of knowledge, you're encouraged to contact us on
#vbox (freenode). Note that we don't have enough resources to mentor
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