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Notes on VirtualBox

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM, Richard Pieri <richard.pieri-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at> wrote:
> On Apr 18, 2010, at 2:26 PM, Rich Braun wrote:
>> * Integration with the openSuSE host O/S is seamless out-of-the-box; with
>> VMware server you have to download kernel modules which may or may not work
>> with the latest/greatest version of the openSuSE distro, and which prevent you from doing upgrades of the host O/S as they become available.
> Last I knew, both VMware and VirtualBox use the same method: compile kernel extensions against the currently running kernel sources if an exact match set of modules is not found.

That's still correct. However, the VirtualBox guys have been a LOT
better about keeping their sources functioning against the latest
upstream kernels. VMware doesn't really seem to care about anything
but the enterprise linux distros and maybe the latest ubuntu, so you
have to hunt down the vmware-any-any patches and hope they work...
Also, with the VirtualBox OSE bits, several distros do the compiling
for you and make the driver bits available as binary packages.

Jarod Wilson
jarod-ajLrJawYSntWk0Htik3J/w at

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