Opened 15 years ago

Closed 15 years ago

#3812 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Non-open-source features should be implemented as add-ons

Reported by: Andres G. Aragoneses Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 2.2.0
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other


As a user of an open-source distro, when I install the VirtualBox package that comes with it I'm using the open source version. However, if I'm interested in using a feature that is only available in the FREE (non-open-source) version I'm forced to install a different version of VirtualBox (an rpm downloadable from the official website, right?).

However, this process should be easier. There should be some option to manage "add-ons", and that you could install them directly downloading them from the internet. This way you could be using an open-source version + a non-open-source plugin (for instance, I'm interested in USB support, which I believe it's not available yet as open-source).

Change History (1)

comment:1 by pentagonik, 15 years ago

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

Unfortunately this is not possible, since the non-open-source parts are not structured as plugins -- they're just source modules (c/cpp/h). If you want to use the non-open-source version you have to download the separate RPM and install it instead of using the OSE version. Closing this defect.

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