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Why Virtualbox is not available on official repositories?

asked 2015-07-05 16:24:26 -0500

Peter Senna Tschudin gravatar image

updated 2015-11-08 23:14:42 -0500

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Why Virtualbox is not available on official Fedora repositories? While I agree that there are superior solutions to Virtualbox, Virtualbox offers something unique: it is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. This is a very welcome feature for some use cases of VMs. Virtualbox license is GPL, so why is it not available on official Fedora repositories?

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answered 2015-07-08 13:20:25 -0500

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VirtualBox is unavailable because it uses kernel modules which are not permitted in Fedora; see:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packag...

However, it is available via http://rpmfusion.org/ if you must use it for some reason. The somewhat more capable (in my experience) virt-manager package is available in Fedora, and can use various back-ends which are redistributed in the main suite.

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Yeah, if you're using Fedora (or any other GNU/Linux distribution), it's well worth your time to learn how to use KVM/QEMU/libvirt rather than VirtualBox. The former is a fast and extremely capable type 1 hyervisor, with the latter being about 50% slower as a type 2 hypervisor. Virtualbox can be okay for lab work, but KVM is enterprise grade software.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2015-09-26 09:56:35 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-07-05 18:03:36 -0500

sergiomb gravatar image

updated 2015-09-25 18:39:26 -0500

because use akmods

Update 2015-09-26: That is a good question VirtualBox is open source , I built Virtualbox 5.0.4 in copr for Fedora 21, 22 and 23 , you may try it with :

 dnf copr enable sergiomb/vboxfor23
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For reference, read https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packag... . Fedora's policy precludes packaging out of tree kernel modules.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-07-08 13:16:01 -0500 )edit
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answered 2015-07-10 04:59:40 -0500

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I have two points for that. 1) any kernel update will break your setup, so freeze and pin your kernel in place. 2) gnome-boxes (qemu accelerated) can do the job just as well without those lousy kernel drivers.It too is open source and can be used on windows. I havent tested it on a mac. qemu wont break on kernel updates like virtualbox will. ATI/nVidia breakge happens too on kernel updates. The nature of open source. Gnome-boxes should already be installed.

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