[vbox-dev] New Possible revenue model: VirtualBox embeddable

Nick Charlton hello at nickcharlton.net
Fri Nov 11 11:17:39 GMT 2011

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM, Alexey Eromenko <al4321 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Certain companies (e.g. VMlite) use VirtualBox as a base platform, yet
> it conflicts over system resources. (no way to transparently install
> and run VBox and VMlite side-by-side)
> After reading this paper about "WinPcap Pro":
> http://www.riverbed.com/us/products/cascade/winpcap_pro.php
> ...I came to realize, that something similar might be possible to
> improve VirtualBox revenues.
> i.e. you could make a custom ver of VBox (VirtualBox embeddable),
> which won't conflict with the main branch of VBox, and let ppl to
> install both branches side-by-side. Since you own drivers, you could
> make them share VT-x, network, USB, and other critical resources.
> Then you could license this ver of VBox to third-party, such as VMlite
> and possibly other companies, that want a strong foundation and custom
> solution in the virtualization space.
> Please read the paper and consider this possibility.

I think that's a good idea. It would open up VirtualBox to the possibility
of being applied in other situations where otherwise it might not go - at
least in the short term.

If there wasn't an official variant, I guess someone could go about
producing a GUI-less headless version?

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