[vbox-dev] VirtualBox Extension Pack going GPL?
huisinro at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 19 10:21:03 PDT 2013
I do have a complete implementation of the USB 2.0 (fully compatible to vbox), if someone pays, I can submit my code as open source.
From: Joachim Schiele <js-vbox at lastlog.de>
To: vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 8:50 AM
Subject: [vbox-dev] VirtualBox Extension Pack going GPL?
dear vbox developers and users,
i would like to get the proprietary parts, especially the VirtualBox
Extension Pack, open source. most of VirtualBox is already open source,
which is a good thing in several regards:
- quality of distro integration and
getting basic OSE virtualbox support is straight forward and better than
any other solution i tried (i'm on linux, i tried vmware/libvirt) for
in contrast to OSE virtualbox, installing VBox extension pack is a PITA:
it usually forces me to manually download the extension pack which
interrupts my whole upgrade process. and i have to do that on each
upgrade of my system which really costs a lot of time. so here is my
we try to get the 'USB 2.0 support codebase' of the 'VirtualBox
Extension Pack' open source!
VirtualBox Extension Pack consists of:
* support for USB 2.0 devices
* VirtualBox RDP and PXE boot for Intel cards
* VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol (VRDP) support
* Experimental support for PCI passthrough on Linux hosts
i would like to start with the USB 2.0 support becoming open source and
i think we have several options:
== 1 ==
oracle releases the 'oracle USB 2.0 codebase' as GPL for free - is that
== 2 ==
we finance the 'oracle USB 2.0 codebase' GPL release via kickstarter
(how much would oracle want for their code?)
== 3 ==
we have the specification so we could finance a 'third party GPL USB 2.0
codebase', we could finance this via kickstarter as well
i would like to have comments on this, especially from oracle.
thanks to oracle/sun for making virtualbox open source in the first
place - i really love your software.
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