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Re: someone interested in packaging VirtualBox?

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Les Mikesell schrieb:
> Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>>>> 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.
>>>> Well, that would be quite a challenge.
>>> Especially on x86 32-bit processors that KVM doesn't support... Or
>>> for people who want the option of moving their virtual machines to a
>>> windows host.  The functionality doesn't seem the same at all.
>> I didn't say it was easy - just that if you ever want VirtualBox to be a
>> part of the mainstream Fedora kernels it is going to have to stop
>> duplicating
>> functionality already present & work with Linux kernel developers. What
>> VirtualBox does for kernel drivers on Windows is utterly irrelevant &
>> need
>> not share any code with the Linux support, nor mandate what the Linux
>> support looks like.
> And what you are saying here is irrelevant to people who want their
> virtual machines to be portable.  KVM simply isn't useful to them and
> you make fedora less useful as well by not including virtualbox.  If you
> want KVM to be the only virtualization solution, that should happen only
> after KVM provides equivalent functionality.

I agree that the question of inlcuding VirtualBox is not a question of
portability as the format of VMs is not touched by how the kernel driver
works internally. If fedoras kernel maintainers do not want
a) externel kmods
b) the VirtualBox Kernel driver
that is a decision that has to be accepted.

The question remains if some RedHat employees could encourage
Innotek/Sun to redesign the driver in a more acceptable direction.
This would IMO improve Fedora and RHEL as there is currently no OSS
Solution like VirtualBox shipped.

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