VirtualBox

Opened 15 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

#3904 closed defect (wontfix)

Contributed Guest Additions, with possibility of Net Install

Reported by: ajmas Owned by:
Component: guest additions Version: VirtualBox 2.2.2
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other

Description (last modified by Frank Mehnert)

Discussion of how to provide WineD3D for VirtualBox (see ticket 2940), suggested that there may be a need for the concept of 'contribued guest additions', which aren't necessarily tied to the build cycle of VirtualBox.

The concept is similar in many ways to Firefox and the extensions available for it. Basically you would have a library of optional guest additions, that can be downloaded and installed into VirtualBox. So as not to tie them to the build cycle of VirtualBox, the guest addition installer would check online to see whether there are any new optional additions and whether there are any updates. There could even be a start-up task that would periodically check to see if anything has changed, similar to Firefox.

Change History (12)

comment:1 by raevol, 15 years ago

The exact implementation of this needs to be worked out, but it sounds like a good idea to me. It would be especially beneficial for WineD3D which seems to get frequent builds that bring much desired improvements.

comment:2 by Robert Millan, 15 years ago

See ticket 3639

comment:3 by Robert Millan, 15 years ago

See ticket #3639

comment:4 by Sander van Leeuwen, 15 years ago

Our current plan is to include WineD3D in the additions ISO. However I do agree that it would be nice for people to be able to easily install a new build from the WineD3D site.

To achieve the latter is quite simple as we're only talking about a bunch of user dlls.

comment:5 by Sander van Leeuwen, 15 years ago

It's highly unlikely we'll provide a check for external 3rd party guest additions extensions in VirtualBox itself. There are legal and liability implications in doing so.

in reply to:  5 comment:6 by Robert Millan, 15 years ago

Replying to sandervl73:

It's highly unlikely we'll provide a check for external 3rd party guest additions extensions in VirtualBox itself. There are legal and liability implications in doing so.

Is this about warranty in commercially-supported installs of VirtualBox? I think this could be solved by adding a disclaimer in the download dialog, or similar.

comment:7 by Technologov, 15 years ago

sandervl73 : You don't have to provide any checks for 3rd party additions. Firefox also doesn't checks Adobe Flash and other Add-ons (Plugins/Extensions/Themes/etc...).

Mozilla just provides an API to include those add-ons in the main application menus.

-Technologov

comment:8 by Technologov, 15 years ago

Currently VirtualBox provides API to the engine (VBoxSVC and/or vboxdrv), but not to the GUI (VirtualBox Qt4 frontend).

Basically this is a request to provide such APIs.

-Technologov

comment:9 by Technologov, 15 years ago

Since problem is more generic that Guest Additions, it actually relates to APIs of Main Application, the bug's description should be changed.

-Technologov

comment:10 by ajmas, 15 years ago

When I originally opened the ticket it was originally to provide an 'extensions manager', mainly to support out of cycle stuff like the WineD3D addition. At the same time as I read some of the comments it certainly becomes clear that this gains more value if there is an API for adding non-core functionality.

I am okay with the ticket's nature changed if you feel there possibility for a larger scope.

comment:11 by Technologov, 15 years ago

Another possible candidates for Add-ons:

-Amazon EC2 Integration (bug #1944)

-Virtual Distributed Ethernet (bug #3044)

-Icon themes (to better fit Mac OS X Aqua, GNOME, KDE3 Crystal, KDE4 Oxygen, Windows 7 Aero, etc...)

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-Technologov, 17.5.2009

comment:12 by Frank Mehnert, 11 years ago

Description: modified (diff)
Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed
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