[vbox-dev] VNC: Would it be possible please to support VNC server in official VirtualBox build ?

Huihong Luo huisinro at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 14 11:00:41 PDT 2011

I am a bit confused about this license issue,  isn't VBox GPL v2 too? If vbox and libvnc are all GPL-ed, why can't include its source?

--- On Mon, 4/4/11, Klaus Espenlaub <klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com> wrote:

From: Klaus Espenlaub <klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com>
Subject: Re: [vbox-dev] VNC: Would it be possible please to support VNC server in official VirtualBox build ?
To: vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Date: Monday, April 4, 2011, 9:24 AM

On 04.04.2011 18:10, Alexey Eromenko wrote:
> VNC source code was committed since v3.2.0, but is disabled in
> standard VirtualBox builds.

Due to licensing conflicts. libvnc is under GPLv2, which is something we're not allowed to use in any code shipped as binary.

> Would it be possible for you to support VNC as part of the core
> product ? (the same way as Qemu/KVM do)

We'd love to have the code as an extension pack, maintained by some 3rd party. This would allow better code quality, as people knowing about the libvnc details would handle things, and an extension pack can have a release cycle independent of VirtualBox updates. One of the reasons why we spent the time introducing a generic interface for desktop access protocols.

I've heard of some work being done in this direction, but no results so far. In case the maintainer is stuck at some VirtualBox problem - contact us again...


> Thanks in advance,

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