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Re: someone interested in packaging VirtualBox?



Am Sonntag, den 24.02.2008, 15:20 +0000 schrieb Daniel P. Berrange:
> On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 12:09:11PM +0100, Christoph H?ger wrote:
> > 
> > Am Samstag, den 23.02.2008, 20:12 -0500 schrieb Dave Jones:
> > > On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 01:40:00AM +0100, Christoph Höger wrote:
> > >  > Hi there,
> > >  > 
> > >  > I've noticed that there seems to be no review request for virtualbox so
> > >  > far. I think it would be great to have this opensource vmware killer in
> > >  > the repos but currently I am not quite sure if I could manage to package
> > >  > it all alone.
> > >  > 
> > >  > Is someone willing to support me in this area. I would do the main work
> > >  > and mainly need someone to ask dumb questions and make sure things go
> > >  > the fedora way. Maybe someone who is already packaging some virt related
> > >  > stuff?
> > > 
> > > The kernel module for this is way too ugly to live.
> > > 
> > 
> > what do you exactly mean with "too ugly to live"? Is it that fragile bad
> > code or does it just not fit the kernel styling guidelines?
> 
> In terms of accessing hardware virt capabilities, there is already a generic
> kernel module to expose hardware virtualization driver to userspace apps - it
> is called KVM.  If virtualbox needs access to hardware virt them it should
> use this existing driver.
> 
> > And if the quality is just not good enough to get into fedora, what
> > efforts would be needed to fix that? 
> 
> It should use the KVM module driver, and if the current functionality in
> KVM is not sufficient then VirtualBox should work with upstream to address
> the limitations. Having multiple kernel modules for virtualization does
> not help anyone.
> 
> Dan.
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Well, that would be quite a challenge.

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