VirtualBox

Ticket #7329 (new enhancement)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Shared folder suport for OS/2

Reported by: dhdurgee Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 3.2.8 Keywords: OS/2
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description

VirtualBox 3.2.8 does not completely support OS/2 or its successor, eCS, in several areas. At present shared folders are unsupported, making access to external resources more difficult. Bit the greater issue is documented in the manual as follows:

"Certain rare guest operating systems like OS/2 make use of very esoteric processor instructions that are not supported with our software virtualization. For virtual machines that are configured to contain such an operating system, hardware virtualization is enabled automatically."

This may be sufficient for those whose system offers hardware virtualization, but there are many systems without such a feature. One such example is my Intel DG41TY main board equipped with an Intel Q8200 processor complex. This system is currently running Linux Mint 8 x64 and I was very disappointed to be unable to use VB on it to run the new eCS 2.0 here. Additional examples are too numerous to include.

As OS/2 guests run on Windows hosts in the original Virtual PC product offered by Connectix, these "very esoteric processor instructions" must be a part of that ground-breaking application. Certainly if these "very esoteric processor instructions" could be virtualized on the processors available at that time it should be significantly easier to do so today.

I believe this omission from the current product should be corrected.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by sandervl73

  • Keywords hardware virtualization removed
  • Priority changed from major to minor
  • Summary changed from improved OS/2 support to Shared folder suport for OS/2

We have no intention to support OS/2 with software virtualization. The considerable resources required to do so are not less than 5 years ago. There is no business case that warrants such an investment from our end.

Shared folders support for OS/2 hasn't been decided on yet, but I would not hold my breath.

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