Linked by karunko on Tue 4th Jan 2011 23:06 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives It's been a long time coming, but a brand new release of VirtualBSD is out: "VirtualBSD 8.1 is a desktop ready FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE based on the Xfce 4.6 Desktop Environment and, being distributed as VMware appliance, it makes dead easy to take FreeBSD for a test drive." The best part? Not only are the most common aplications available out of the box, this is a genuine FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE, which means that if you go past the desktop you'll be dealing with The Real Thing. You can take a look at the screenshots, go to the download page or, if you're impatient, just grab the torrent file.
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RE[3]: Comment by NuxRo
by karunko on Wed 5th Jan 2011 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by NuxRo"
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Do you have any plans for adding a VBox image alongside VMWare?

Last time we checked (i.e., early 2009 with VirtualBox 2.x and VirtualBSD 7.1) it more or less worked, but no OS additions (the counterpart of VMware tools) were available for FreeBSD, which meant:

- no real full screen mode
- no drag'n'drop between host and guest
- no cut&paste between host and guest
- clicking inside the window "grabbed" the mouse

As far as I know the same problems are still there, but we haven't checked with the latest VirtualBox yet, so there's a chance that the situation has improved in the meantime.

That said, creating/distributing/maintaining an additional image is probably a bit too much for a tiny team like ours, and the best we could do is post some instructions about the customizations to be made.


Edited 2011-01-05 13:04 UTC

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