Ticket #375 (new enhancement)

Opened 12 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

Integrating VirtualBox Linux additions upstream (

Reported by: Technologov Owned by:
Component: guest additions Version: VirtualBox 1.3.8
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: other


hi all !

I believe that there is a sense in pushing VBox Linux additions into upstream namely the VBox graphics driver and VBox Mouse driver.

By doing so, we will eventually have VBox supported out-of-the-box even on LiveCDs, and during install stage !

Additionally, by going this way, we can receive support for BSD and Solaris guest additions from open-source community for free. (Solaris and BSD UNIX uses too)

The downside:

Inability to change the VBox graphics and mouse drivers interface between host and guest. This means that future versions of VBox must stay compatible with 1.3.x in this regard in API level.

What do you think about it? Do you want me contacting ?

The same topic exists in forum:

-Alexey "Technologov"

Change History

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by sandervl73

True, but not before our additions have stabilized a bit. Which is not yet the case.

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by Technologov

Well, it looks like VMware are trying to do exactly this with their "open-vm-tools" OSS technology.

Maybe Innotek can effect their effort, and build multi-vendor "GuestAdditions" Standard.

-Alexey "Technologov"

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to guest additions
  • Guest type changed from other to Linux

comment:4 Changed 9 years ago by Technologov

Is there any policy about this? If not, then please close as WONTFIX.

No reason to keep this bug open for 3 years.

Good news: Actually some distros (openSUSE/Mandriva) have integrated our additions by themselves, without waiting for upstream project.


comment:5 Changed 8 years ago by Technologov

No reason to keep this open. Just close as WONTFIX.


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