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There is a preliminary port of VirtualBox for FreeBSD (see the -emulation list for the port; it is not in the tree yet). There are a very few of us who are discussing it on the FreeBSD site, and I though I would move it here to talk about it with friends. So please let's talk!

I have installed W2K Server, complete with all 80-some patches, and it is working well and stably. I'd put its speed somewhere between the very old VMware (faster) and the qemu family. It does work on a multiple-core CPU, in contrast to VMware.

No tools seem to be available, so screen resolutions are very low (800x600); the Ethernet port seems to be OK.

No benchmarking yet.

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http://miwi.bsdcrew.de/2009/05/call-...freebsd-take2/

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We rolled a new tarball with the patch from Juergen Lock [1]
with a posible fix for AMD64 users, tested on 3 machines
which now works without problems. Many Thanks to him for
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I saw that, Oliver, but I have only 32-bit computers at the moment.

Do you know if the guest additions are available? Those drivers are very important, but they require their own set of kernel modules (which probably have not been ported yet). Sure, the base system is the palce to start, but man I'd love to have the additions. 16-bit color on an 800x600 screen is very irritating.
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I have fbsd running at the same res. on Vmware WS (no vmware-tools for fbsd 7.x). 800x600 is barely usable for X. Have you tried VNC?
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Yes, I've tried VNC. I run into issues with differing screen resolutions that limits its usefulness (at least the versions I used).

What works best, actually, is simply to walk across the room to use a Windows box. With WinSCP and a remote shell, I can get by. I'd just rather have it on the same computer. The old VMware in ports is actually rather good, but its limitation to a single core is a PITA.
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I'd really like to see this get off the ground. I'm a VMware Partner, but only because it's the only thing that really works without a lot of hassle for my commercial clients. Each of the other virtualization products all have their limitations and it really frustrates me since I run almost all my stuff on FBSD and VMware supports this quite well with ESXi. I would really like to see a less proprietary solution though.

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I would really like to see a less proprietary solution though.
I'd like to see *any* reasonable way to host guest OSs on FreeBSD. qemu/kqemu is really, really slow, and the old VMware is out-of-date. VBox really is the only pending way to do this, since VMware does not give a damn about BSD hosts.

I'd even pay good money for a proprietary solution, but there is none to be had.
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