[vbox-dev] Offer for testing of new VMlite features in exchange for Open-Sourcing them
huisinro at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 13 09:11:29 PST 2011
Thanks for the offer. We will consider open source some of them, such as tseamless askbar. (as you know, we are also slow SLOWLY impl drag and drop feature)
The disk driver is based on our multiple year StorPort driver impl, if vbox team like it, we can provide a free license of binary to ship with vbox, with APIs, easy to integrate with GUI. This way, all vbox windows users can easily mount virtual disks. Our virtual disk is fastest impl in the world, have spends multi year efforts on Storport, http://www.vmlite.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67&Itemid=177
As for the last feature, "ability to use physical HDD for new VM via GUI", not exactly correct, was the primary reason we did vmlite in the first place, trying to provide a sandbox to run all apps securely and separately. This is totally different from using a raw offline disk for a vm. It's using the currently running os instance. for example, you have Windows 7 as host running, also have the same os running inside a vm. The whole thing takes a couple of mins. This technology, we won't open source, or provide free binay. It depends on some level kernel drivers to do this.
--- On Sun, 11/13/11, Alexey Eromenko <al4321 at gmail.com> wrote:
From: Alexey Eromenko <al4321 at gmail.com>
Subject: Offer for testing of new VMlite features in exchange for Open-Sourcing them
To: "VirtualBox developer's list" <vbox-dev at virtualbox.org>, "Huihong Luo" <huisinro at yahoo.com>
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011, 2:54 AM
Hello Huihong Luo,
I had taken a look at VMlite Workstation 4.2.0-BETA r38938.
It is based on VBox code, *but*, some new features exist:
-Offline loop-mounter (u can loop mount VDi on Windows hosts)
-Shared folder are auto-mounted for special folders (My Documents, My
-Colored borders of seamless windows
-Improved Seamless mode: "Seamless Taskbar mode" (complete integration
-XP mode (downloads XP image from internet + automatically installs
it, which is legal for Windows 7 users)
-ability to use physical HDD for new VM via GUI
I find many of those features useful for VBox as well. I did test some of them.
Several bugs were found. I have seen VMlite community on forum testing
it -- but their skill-set and coverage was very limited.
Anyway, I'd like to publish my test results for VMlite, but the
Open-Source community primarily supports Open-Source Software.
For example I recently covered VirtualBox 4.1.6 testing on Windows 7:
Similarly to VirtualBox, I promise to publish test results for every
single feature that VMlite Open-Sources, and make available for
VirtualBox to include.
Closed-Source features will remain untested (or with results unpublished).
So please consider my offer.
-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"
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