[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] virtualbox moved to contrib
fgeyer at debian.org
Sat May 18 20:03:08 UTC 2013
On 18.05.2013 20:04, Antonio Terceiro wrote:
>> 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.
There are a few problems with this:
- The EFI images aren't currently built from source as well. However it should
be possible to do so (see ).
- I'm not sure how well VirtualBox is able to boot common operating system with
EFI. I (and probably upstream) are already looking forward to heaps of
"$OS doesn't boot" bug reports.
- It would require even more patching of VirtualBox to default to EFI and
display a proper error message when you try to boot a VM in BIOS mode and
it's not available.
- The VirtualBox maintainers (= me at the moment) don't even have time to
properly maintain the VirtualBox package as it is. So someone else would
have to join pkg-virtualbox and do the work.
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