[vbox-dev] issues with blackPanter OS as guest OS in VirtualBox and suggested solution

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Mon Mar 6 12:37:46 UTC 2017

Hi Gábor,

could you describe what settings need changing for blackPanther OS? 
That's the first thing which needs to be sorted out clearly.

That it doesn't work out of the box should be fixable without getting 
into the topic of teaching VirtualBox about the existence of a new 

To give an answer on the general topic of adding new guest OSes: 
unfortunately the approach which the VirtualBox API offers today isn't 
as scalable as we'd like to have it and thus we add only the truly 
unavoidable ones.

We plan to address this in a future release, by adding some way of 
providing user-defined VM templates (with a reasonable way to share 
them, including icons), but short term it isn't high priority enough to 
get dev time.

If someone really wants to help out with the long-term solution 
(wouldn't be a 5 minute project, but also not an absolutely giant one 
either and can be spread out over months - good knowledge of C++ and 
some XML is needed), feel free to get in touch with me.


On 05.03.2017 19:49, Gábor Tóth-Czeper wrote:
> Hi Stephane,
> Thanks for reminding me to respond to the mailing list email address,
> not only you.
> I'm sorry, I don't understand your reasoning.
> I did not write a word about getting an icon for blackPanther OS in VB.
> Regards,
> Gabor
> 2017. márc. 5. du. 7:45 ezt írta ("Stéphane Charette"
> <stephanecharette at gmail.com <mailto:stephanecharette at gmail.com>>):
>     On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 10:26 AM, Gábor Tóth-Czeper
>     <tcgabor at blackpantheros.eu <mailto:tcgabor at blackpantheros.eu>> wrote:
>         Hi Stephane,
>         Glad you looked it up. BlackPanther OS is 'the' Hungarian Linux
>         distribution, the other two being virtually non-existent
>          (Sulix, a state-donated OS that was developed as part of an
>         educational project, similarly to UHU Linux).
>         BlackPanther OS takes pride in being in existence for 15 years
>         without capital injections and state support. We would like to
>         get officially listed in virtualbox as a guest os and to that
>         end would like to offer our support by uploading the patch I
>         wrote about in my email.
>         I would like to ask for your kind assistance in facilitating
>         this motion and please get back to me with some substantive and
>         material information regarding the matter, if possible.
>         Thank you.
>         Best regards,
>         Gabor
>     /(Please reply to the mail list, not only to me privately.)/
>     I'm not a VB developer, nor do I work for Oracle.
>     I thought the guest os selection is used to decide what logo to show
>     in the VB window, and determine some of the defaults such as memory
>     size and disk size to use when creating a new VM.  It doesn't impact
>     how a VM runs.
>     So if you choose something like "Ubuntu" or other decent linux
>     distro, and your BlackPanther linux guest is experiencing errors,
>     then adding an icon for it in VB wont solve the errors.
>     Stéphane

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