[vbox-dev] Linux VHD Boot available - download and boot your physical pc, also runs as vm

Huihong Luo huisinro at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 10 16:01:37 GMT 2010

That should be doable. I am not familar with Haiku, but I guess it should have something like Linux's loop module? our virtual disk driver is something like the loop module, by mounting a vhd file, and acts as a dsik.

--- On Sat, 4/10/10, François Revol <revol at free.fr> wrote:

From: François Revol <revol at free.fr>
Subject: Re: [vbox-dev] Linux VHD Boot available - download and boot your physical pc, also runs as vm
To: vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Cc: haiku-development at freelists.org
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 1:43 AM


Le Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:38:12 -0700 (PDT), Huihong Luo a écrit :
> For your information, we used VirtualBox disk source code to make 
> Linux 
> VHD boot possible. Source code will be provided later after more 
> cleanup, 
> and with VDI/VMDK support added.
> A sample Ubuntu VHD package is ready for download:
> http://www.vmlite.com/index.php/download/22-appliances
>  (free site registration required)
> download, extract it, then double click setup.exe on Windows, reboot
> detailed instructions:
> http://www.vmlite.com/appliances/ubuntu-910-readme.html
> screenshot:
> http://www.vmlite.com/images/vboot/vboot-grub2.png
> VMLite Team

Interesting, sounds quite much like what BeOS was doing with their 
IMAGE.BE trick, except it was using hardcoded name to find the image 
(BEOS/IMAGE.BE in fat and ext2 partitions) and it was more specific ;)

I think Haiku <http://haiku-os.org/> could easily support this as well.
Our bootloader supports getting args from multiboot info though it 
doesn't use them yet. And I started to write the code to support the 
IMAGE.BE scheme as well but didn't finish, I'll have a look at 
supporting this some day.
(Our kernel currently requires using our own bootloader though our 
loader but it can easily be chained from grub.)

If I had time I'd propose helping with testing on the Mac as well but 
I'm too busy :p

BeOS did it 15 years ago!

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