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#1 2020-07-24 18:04:19

Danielsan
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Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Hi guys,

I am trying to figure out if Devuan Chimaera plays nice with Virtualbox, so far I encountered some issues that Debian testing doesn't have. For example I cannot share folders from W10 host to Devuan guest while I can with Debian Testing. There are some modules missing in Devuan, I have not idea if this depends by the fact that Virtualbox is so tied to systemd right now.

That is a real shame a Virtual Linux Machine is a fundamental part of my daily workflow and it would be fantastic working again with Devuan. Actually I used to work with Devuan Ascii for one year on a MacOS host with Virtualbox and stuff like shared folders worked fine.

Are there any known issues of which I am unaware?

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#2 2020-07-24 19:45:51

rolfie
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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

No issues here with latest VB directly from Oracle on Beowulf and Chimaera as guest. No issues with systemd.

Have you installed the extension pack?

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#3 2020-07-24 20:42:49

Danielsan
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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Yes of course, I also installed the Guest Addition but no traces of vboxdrv, and vboxsf and vboxvideo exist as modules but won't load even if I put in /etc/modules/modules.conf.

On the same HOST I have also Debian testing which works perfectly with all these features available...

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#4 2020-07-26 09:42:27

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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

I am running 6.1.10 directly from Oracle, installed with dpkg -i. Extension pack installed, and guest extensions in each of my old and new virtual machines.

Had some fun to get it working on Beowulf, see https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=3641.

Maybe it helps. Good luck, rolfie

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#5 2020-07-26 11:45:08

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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Danielsan wrote:

Are there any known issues of which I am unaware?

VirtualBox is a buggy pile of shite which is slower than QEMU/KVM and the developers have a tendency of covering up and ignoring security issues.

See also https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=794466

And it relies on blobs.


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#6 2020-07-27 13:25:19

Danielsan
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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Danielsan wrote:

Are there any known issues of which I am unaware?

VirtualBox is a buggy pile of shite which is slower than QEMU/KVM and the developers have a tendency of covering up and ignoring security issues.

See also https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=794466

And it relies on blobs.

I see, but the other alternative I have on Windows is hyper-v of M$ which is even worst.

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#7 2020-07-27 15:42:44

HevyDevy
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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Danielsan wrote:
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Danielsan wrote:

Are there any known issues of which I am unaware?

VirtualBox is a buggy pile of shite which is slower than QEMU/KVM and the developers have a tendency of covering up and ignoring security issues.

See also https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=794466

And it relies on blobs.

I see, but the other alternative I have on Windows is hyper-v of M$ which is even worst.

So not a good alternative at all then, thread solved! LOL

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#8 2020-07-27 17:12:11

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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Danielsan wrote:

but the other alternative I have on Windows is hyper-v of M$

QEMU is available for Windows: https://www.qemu.org/2017/11/22/haxm-usage-windows/


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#9 2020-07-27 20:20:24

rolfie
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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

VirtualBox is a buggy pile of shite which is slower than QEMU/KVM and the developers have a tendency of covering up and ignoring security issues.

See also https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=794466

And it relies on blobs.

Maybe you're right. But for me VBox does what I expect it to do. I can pass through USB drives w/o any problem, UEFI mode is sort of crap but available. I can boot a VM from an iso, ....

Tried the same with qemu/kvm and gave up when bold promoters of qemu/kvm didn't have any advise how to solve my issues. I guess this highly promoted piece of SW still requires a lot of brains to really make it a competition for VBox.

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#10 2020-07-27 20:49:19

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Re: Devuan Chimaer as guest on Virtualbox: any known issues?

rolfie wrote:

pass through USB drives

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/QE … USB_device

rolfie wrote:

UEFI mode

# apt install ovmf
kvm -m 4G -cdrom devuan.iso -bios /usr/share/ovmf/OVMF.fd

See also http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=144775

EDIT: or just use gnome-boxes, which offers USB pass-through OOTB with no configuration required.

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