[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] virtualbox moved to contrib

Antonio Terceiro terceiro at debian.org
Sat May 18 18:04:21 UTC 2013

[re-adding the package maintainer(s) in Cc:, and adding the vagrant
maintainer(s) in the loop]

On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 05:49:38PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
> On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 11:38:46PM +0800, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> > On 05/18/2013 08:30 PM, Holger Levsen wrote:
> > > I've noticed that virtualbox moved from main to contrib
> > FYI, this has been discussed here:
> > http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=691148
> It's a major loss.


Two problems caused by this:

- if virtualbox stays in contrib, this will force vagrant to go to
  contrib as well (at least until we don't have alternative VM providers
  such as vagrant-kvm in main).

- users of unstable main that don't use contrib are now stuck with a
  buggy version of virtualbox (4.1.18-dfsg-2+deb7u1) whose kernel
  modules don't build against the default kernel version (3.8) ...

> However, Watcom is needed only for 16-bit code, and VirtualBox has an EFI
> mode.  Would it be possible to restrict it to EFI only in main, unless the
> BIOS from contrib is loaded?

If that's possible, I would ask the virtualbox maintainer(s) to please
consider this alternative so that we can have virtualbox back in main.

Antonio Terceiro <terceiro at debian.org>
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