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Post subject: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 14.04.2011, 12:43



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Previously I have had Virtualbox. qemu and KVM all working on my PC, (not at the same time!). But now I am having problems with qemu-kvm and either virt-manager or aqemu. With Aqumu I cannot get the usb to work, I have posted a bug report and had replies from the developer but still no usb for me. With virt-manager I cant get the networking working. I have searched for help etc on the net without any luck and have now removed all vm from my machine and am considering Virtualbox. I really don't want to take this route so before I do can anyone point me towards a decent and up to date howto to get kvm working on Aptosid with usb support.

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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 14.04.2011, 12:51



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Personally I use plain (cli-) qemu-kvm, reliability and performance is basically unmatched (if the hardware supports it) and all GUIs didn't really convince me (far from that).

Disclaimer, I don't need/ use USB pass through and can't comment on its stability.
 
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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 14.04.2011, 13:13



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Virtualbox version 4.04 is incredibly fast and very good.
However, to have the best of it, you must give it a lot of memory. In my case (8GB total of ram) I give 2 GB.
Checked with two virtual systems: windows 7 ultimate and archlinux.
 
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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 14.04.2011, 13:18



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Ok maybe I will give the non gui version a try next.

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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 14.04.2011, 13:35
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Re USB pass through on Virtualbox: While it did improve a lot over the last years, you need to understand that it will never reach native USB2 speed. So, expect it to work fine for basic USB usage, but there are eventual problems with hardware and applications demanding full USB2 speed.
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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 16.04.2011, 02:46



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ditto USB flakiness on Virtualbox.

E.g., you get stuff like: reads corrupted data off a flash drive....with a network USB controller (asix chip), it can't see a network connection....with a USB printer attached, it can't talk to the printer.
VMWare's USB support is better but you need to buy the Workstation version
 
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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 16.04.2011, 06:01



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      Quote:

VMWare's USB support is better but you need to buy the Workstation version


Is that really true? I am running VMPlayer 3.x on Debian 6 and can use USB. I tested only USB storage devices (USB CDROM, USB stick, digicam), so I don't know if USB feature set of the VMplayer is different compared to Workstation.

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Post subject: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 16.04.2011, 08:38



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You should use the proprietary pre-compiled Virtualbox and install the VirtualBox Extension Pack. USB works great this way: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
 
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Post subject: Re: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 16.04.2011, 09:47



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      Superdigi wrote:
You should use the proprietary pre-compiled Virtualbox and install the VirtualBox Extension Pack. USB works great this way: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

That's not true!
Since vbox4, there is no propritary version anymore!
You can install ose and add the extpack to it for the nonfree options.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: What virtualisation to use  PostPosted: 16.04.2011, 11:46



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Didn't realize they added USB support to VMWare player...it's been a while since I've used it.

And I've been Virtualbox non-ose since 3.0 (now on the latest 4.0.4). USB support is flaky IMHO...
 
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