[vbox-dev] Fuduntu distribution patch

Alexey Eromenko al4321 at gmail.com
Mon May 21 23:01:25 GMT 2012

Basically, the current VirtualBox system is really not scalable enough
to handle all the guest OS and variants.

There are like 400+ Linux distro variants, with ~20 versions each
(Fedora 1...16)..., ~= 8,000 Linux versions.

What is needed, is to handle all the sub-types gracefully, without
making a drop-down list of 8000 versions.

Why is this important ?
1. Default virtual hardware / drivers:
Some people ask will it work to create a Red Hat VM and install
Ubuntu, or even Windows on it...
It will work, if you have the correct drivers.
In the case of Windows XP, you will need a special SATA Hard Disk
driver, plus a special Intel network PRO/1000 driver.

If you choose Windows XP as GuestOS type, VBox will choose virtual
hardware that is more XP-friendly, which will work without drivers
(using drivers that are built-in into XP).

2. OVF/OVA Interoperability:
This format allows VBox to exchange VMs with VMware
Both VM Import and Export should work correctly with all OS types.

3. Unattended install:
Automated install of guest OSes *requires* exact match of the OS.
Experimental patch here:

NOTE: This patch adds sub-versions, new Guest OS Types, such as
Linux-RHEL3/4/5 versions, but in an ugly way.

-Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"

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