[vbox-dev] VirtualBox on FreeBSD

Alexey Eremenko al4321 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 12:23:14 PDT 2009

On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 9:08 PM, Alexander Eichner
<Alexander.Eichner at sun.com> wrote:
> Hi FreeBSD users,
> in the effort to make VirtualBox the most portable platform for
> virtualization we can announce that VirtualBox is finally running on
> FreeBSD. http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Screenshots contains two
> screenshots of VirtualBox running on FreeBSD with a Windows and a
> Linux guest.
> Even though the basic functions are working there are still a lot of
> things to do and we do not recommend to use it on production machines.
> Furthermore Sun does not officially support FreeBSD yet. This is a
> port done by developers in their free time. However if you are a
> developer or want to test it you can checkout the latest code and build
> VirtualBox yourself. A list of working and unimplemented features and
> known bugs is below.
> Working:
> - Software virtualization
> - The VirtualBox QT4 frontend
> - Sound through OSS
> - NAT networking
> Not implemented:
> - Bridged and host only networking (the required kernel drivers are
>  missing)
> - USB
> - Installer
> - OpenGL support
> - ACPI
> - Host CD/DVD access
> - Host serial support
> - things I forgot ;)
> Known bugs and limitations:
> - Unloading the kernel driver panics the host
> - Hardware assisted virtualization doesn't work reliable yet
> - VBoxSVC needs to be started manually
> - proc needs to be mounted
> If you want to implement a missing feature or fix a bug please leave a
> note on the list before you start to avoid duplicated work and if you
> find a bug other than the ones listed above please use this list to
> report it and not the forum or official bugtracker because the port is
> not officially supported.
> Kind Regards and have fun,
> Alexander Eichner

Those are excellent news indeed, although I'm not a FreeBSD user, I
Welcome this move, as it sets VirtualBox as world's most portable
virtualizer !

-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov", 29.4.2009.

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