[vbox-dev] Unhappy with recent developments

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Tue Nov 27 01:40:48 PST 2012

On 26.11.2012 16:25, Ivo Smits wrote:
> You may find the vbox-ex project interesting:
> http://code.google.com/p/vbox-ex/
> The project aims to extend VirtualBox with useful functions like the
> ones suggested by you. The project owner also provides alternative
> builds for Windows (http://code.google.com/p/vbox-ose/).
> I am not directly involved with the project. The vbox-ex code already
> includes my patch for DirectSound host audio device selection (nice way
> to get patches tested without affecting the official Oracle builds), and
> we have provided a code signing certificate to sign the Windows kernel
> drivers.

Thanks for the gentle reminder - I applied the patch a while ago on a 
system which I rarely use so I forgot about it before I was fully done 
(I did notice the missing semicolons in the patch). Since this is an 
extremely low complexity patch... do you need this in VirtualBox 4.2.x?

Regarding Alexey's pending contributions: I'm very sorry that we still 
didn't manage to integrate the contribution of the unattended guest OS 
install feature. It is (inherently) much more complicated, and some of 
the changes in the patch highlight that our code needs to be redesigned 
in a few areas to be truly maintainable in the long run. I consider it a 
great feature addition once the ground has been better prepared, and 
having working code is always an invaluable asset.

For the "hide/show window" feature I also agree that it's very useful, 
however the proposed code isn't really portable and clean enough 
(surviving user logout etc). It will cause problems for "normal" users 
who aren't aware of the limitations. I couldn't think of a clean 
solution yet, however I didn't give up the hope that with some 
brainstorming we can arrive at a slight modification of the idea which 
simply works.


> Ivo
> Op 25-11-2012 10:33, Alexey Eromenko schreef:
>> I'm quite unhappy with recent developments in the VirtualBox world.
>> Specifically:
>> 1. Reduced freedom (moving BIOS from bcc to non-free Watcom compiler),
>> which creates problems for the Debian GNU/Linux project
>> 2. Non-inclusion of my Unattended Guest OS install patch (equivalent
>> of VMware Easy Install, a killer feature, especially for newbies Linux
>> users, whom are struggling to install Linux guest additions properly)
>> https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=46798
>> 3. Non-inclusion of my hide VM from taskbar patch (equivalent to
>> Hyper-V GUI feature)
>> https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=46616
>> (If needed, I can update the patches for the latest VirtualBox codebase)
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