Ticket #15052 (new defect)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

VBox Manager icons don't adequately distinguish VMs - icons almost useless

Reported by: SchemaCzar Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 5.0.14
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other


A VirtualBox VM is a terrific way to isolate development environments. Most of our team have VirtualBox Manager screens with fifteen or twenty separate VMs. In such a case visual distinction of the VMs in the list becomes important for efficient use.

VirtualBox manager currently has icons only distinguishing the guest operating system. This was appropriate for the longstanding use case of desktop virtualization, namely, to provide a user with one or two guest environments in which to run different from the host environment - especially, running a Windows PC in an OS X or Linux host.

For developing server-level software the operating system distinction among VMs is zero. I have 9 boot2docker VMs all with the Tux's-foot icon. Not only should there be a Docker icon (or Vagrant or whatever) but it should be possible to customize or replace the icon to provide highly specific visual distinction among VMs.

This is part of the rationale behind the implementation of the VM folders request. And in the same way it is probably desirable to provide icons for the VM folders as well.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by johnlee

+1. This has been requested a few times by quite a few people before and I think was rejected by devs as not being necessary. However, I do think it should be looked at again, since I guess more and more people will be doing what schemaczar's people are doing nowadays and using many many vms of same type and being confused when switching between them by n similar icons.

For me just being able (optionally) to name the icon with just a few characters in place of the '64' or where the 'xp' currently goes would be good enough - don't need different icons so no need to rebuild icons each time. Realize that every change needs effort and support etc etc but do think that this'd be the legendary 'only a few lines of code' - the new text could be in 'general' under a new heading after 'name', defaulting to current icon look! j

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