[vbox-dev] Updated Automated-guest-installs for VirtualBox ! (beta5)

Alexey Eromenko al4321 at gmail.com
Wed May 6 20:17:53 UTC 2015

0. Unattended core functionality itself *is* stable.

What isn't stable:
1. Installer needs work; For now installing unattended templates is a
manual task.
I couldn't figure out how Oracle kmk Makefile system works.
Is there any documentation?

2. Compatibility with Oracle VirtualBox is unstable: I defined new VM types
for Red Hat guests, like RHEL7_64, which Oracle VirtualBox fails to
understand and renders RHEL VMs inaccessible.

So if a user later upgrades to newer version of Oracle VirtualBox, and have
Red Hat VMs, they will be screwed.

I need to figure out a patch,  to allow unknown VM OS types to be handled.
Reverted to unknown OS type.

3. License is simple BSD.

4. I plan to maintain it as time permits.

5. Some pieces of the patch aren't portable to Windows hosts, and I need

6. Final answer : until I solve #2,  I can't recommend this for normal
users. (But it can go into Debian-experimental under virtualbox-te name, if
you feel like it.)
On May 6, 2015 8:46 PM, "Gianfranco Costamagna" <
costamagnagianfranco at yahoo.it> wrote:

> Hi Alexey, Debian Maintainer here.
> I just read your mail, but I didn't look/download the code.
> Do you think such addon would be ready/useful for Debian? is it stable?
> which license does it have? do you plan to maintain it?
> I would like to understand if a pakaging would be useful for the Community!
> Cheers,
> Gianfranco
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/mobile/?.src=Android>
> ------------------------------
>   *From*:"Alexey Eromenko" <al4321 at gmail.com>
> *Date*:Wed, 6 May, 2015 at 19:18
> *Subject*:[vbox-dev] Updated Automated-guest-installs for VirtualBox !
> (beta5)
> vbox-unattended.
> This is an unofficial addon patch on top of Oracle VirtualBox. Highly
> experimental !
> It allows fully-automatic installs of virtual machines in VirtualBox
> and provides tight integration with each supported OS. Very fast !
> Summary of v0.9-beta5: (compared to v0.8 series)
> - ported to VirtualBox 5.0 ! (mostly COM interface changes)
> - added support for Windows 8, Windows 10 and Debian Linux 7 guests.
> - added support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 guests.
> - fixed support for 64-bit Windows 7 and Vista guests.
> - added ISO image file picker
> minor changes:
> - handled a few common dependency errors. (if user forgot to install
> dependencies such as unattended scripts, mtools or 7-zip)
> - few GUI bugs fixed
> - disabled unattended mode (auto-install), if guest OS type is
> incompatible.
> - disabled first-time wizard, if in unattended mode.
> - AutoCompletion names during new VM creation: RHEL.
> - enabled drag-n-drop and shared clipboard by default for new VMs
> - GUI/New VM wizard: skip "unattended" section if not used.
> - added option to disable Guest Additions install.
> - GUI: added description to auto-install new VM wizard.
> - several optimizations for Debian guests, leading to smaller
> debian_boot.iso images.
> Overall it is more stable now, much more feature-complete and pleasant to
> use.
> Available for Linux hosts or as source-code.
> Download here:
> https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=67710&p=320651#p320651
> Best wishes,
> --
> -Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"
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