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Does anyone have a .config Linux 2.6 kernel optimised for VirtualBox they can send me?
robzy 
15/6/08 10:02:31 PM
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I'm running Xubuntu via VirtualBox on WinXP so that when I get the urge to try things out on Linux I don't have to bother rebooting or anything like that.

Problem is that the stock Xubuntu kernel doesn't "feel" (yes, i know, it's all subjective :P) all that great and... well... to be honest... I hate compiling kernels. Especially when it's such foreign hardware.

I did one earlier for Debian (I think) and for some reason it decided to label everything hd* instead of sd*, causing me much grief :P

So yeah, if you could send me your .config as a base for me to work on that would be great :)

robzyb OmG AT OmG gmail WtF DOT WtF com.

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Midnighter 
15/6/08 11:20:55 PM
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Anything running on a virtual machine won't "feel" that great Rob.

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robzy 
16/6/08 12:14:17 AM
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Quote by Midnighter
Anything running on a virtual machine won't "feel" that great Rob.


Perfectly valid point. I'm assuming that a VirtualBox-customized kernel would be better than the generic Xubuntu kernel. I may be mistaken though :P

Rob.

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Midnighter 
16/6/08 1:10:34 AM
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Try Debian. More specialised kernels, not so generic.

I really haven't used virtualbox all that much, so really don't have anything useful to offer I'm afraid. Sorry mate.

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Waltish 
16/6/08 4:18:04 AM
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While at the newsagent to pick up my copy of Atomic, I noticed one of the linux mags out this month has a multi distro virtualisation specific disc with the mag, there is likely to also be a bunch of other virtualisation related stuff on that disc, soz I dont remember the mags name but its probably linux format or linux world.

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Redhatter 
16/6/08 10:16:55 AM
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Quote by robzy
I did one earlier for Debian (I think) and for some reason it decided to label everything hd* instead of sd*, causing me much grief :P



Guess who forgot libata...

Disable the legacy IDE support completely, then under the libata drivers, enable the appropriate "PATA" driver for the chipset emulated in VirtualBOX. lspci will tell you which one that is.

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wilsontc 
16/6/08 10:59:17 AM
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Quote by Redhatter
Quote by robzy
I did one earlier for Debian (I think) and for some reason it decided to label everything hd* instead of sd*, causing me much grief :P



Guess who forgot libata...



That can be a good or a bad thing depending on what hardware you have, at least last time I checked!

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robzy 
16/6/08 1:36:13 PM
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Quote by Midnighter
Try Debian. More specialised kernels, not so generic.

I really haven't used virtualbox all that much, so really don't have anything useful to offer I'm afraid. Sorry mate.


No worries, thanks anyways :)

Quote by Waltish
While at the newsagent to pick up my copy of Atomic, I noticed one of the linux mags out this month has a multi distro virtualisation specific disc with the mag, there is likely to also be a bunch of other virtualisation related stuff on that disc, soz I dont remember the mags name but its probably linux format or linux world.


Ohher, that sounds interesting. I'll be sure to check it out.

RedHatter: Thanks for the info re-libata :) This thread has been bookmarked for next kernel compile :P

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iamthemaxx 
16/6/08 9:58:11 PM
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Quote by Midnighter
Anything running on a virtual machine won't "feel" that great Rob.



Bollocks I say.
XP runs faster on my VirtualBox (a laptop too mind you) than it does on my quad core....

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GlennsPref 
18/6/08 2:12:31 PM
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I'm with you iamthemax, If you want to get the best out of a linux kernel (speed and stability), install linux and setup winxp with vBox.

You can reformat that nasty ntfs partition later, when it feels right.

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robzy 
18/6/08 7:37:46 PM
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Quote by iamthemaxx
Quote by Midnighter
Anything running on a virtual machine won't "feel" that great Rob.



Bollocks I say.
XP runs faster on my VirtualBox (a laptop too mind you) than it does on my quad core....


That's a good point. XP on Kubuntu runs rather nicely, the same can't be said about Xubuntu on XP though.

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GlennsPref 
20/6/08 7:01:03 PM
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Just to clarify, I don't do anything (edit) special to the kernel to install vBox, except having the sources ready, which may be done with ...

make oldconfig && make prepare

Hope this helps.


Edited by GlennsPref: 20/6/2008 7:03:43 PM

Sorry for the extra edits, but one other thing you should know about vBox on Linux,

Download and install the plain version, not the ose version as it is for business enterprise.

The ose(open source edition) is for enterprise where the other version is for personal use. The standard version also supports usb, whereas the ose ver. does not.


Edited by GlennsPref: 20/6/2008 7:07:28 PM


Edited by GlennsPref: 20/6/2008 7:09:12 PM

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Spent 
22/6/08 7:08:55 PM
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Does VirtualBox still only support one core or have they progressed now sun owns them???

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robzy 
23/6/08 12:58:03 AM
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GlennPref: vBox on Linux runs perfectly for me, my performance woes are with vBox on Windows :P

Spent: Afaik only one core.

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GlennsPref 
23/6/08 12:39:35 PM
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[tounge in cheek]

That's what I meant, trying to build something stable on an unstable foundation.

I hope you get it worked out...

did you get a .config file?

Would mine from linux help, I can post it if need be.

atm, it's ver 2.6.22.9-1 (2.6.22.9-desktop-1mdv(64bit??))

oh, and it implements an initrd
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Edited by GlennsPref: 23/6/2008 12:40:26 PM

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wilsontc 
23/6/08 3:11:43 PM
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What kind of optimisations does VirtualBox need? Does it require kernel patches?

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robzy 
23/6/08 3:50:02 PM
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Thanks for the offer Glenn, but I think I've given up on it :P

Quote by wilsontc
What kind of optimisations does VirtualBox need? Does it require kernel patches?


I'm not quite sure what kind of optimisations Linux likes in order to run on VirtualBox, I was hoping someone else would though :P

Rob.

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GlennsPref 
23/6/08 4:33:03 PM
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Wouldn't the "guest additions" take care of that?

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Redhatter 
23/6/08 4:38:15 PM
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Quote by wilsontc
Quote by Redhatter
Quote by robzy
I did one earlier for Debian (I think) and for some reason it decided to label everything hd* instead of sd*, causing me much grief :P



Guess who forgot libata...



That can be a good or a bad thing depending on what hardware you have, at least last time I checked!



The only "machine" I've ever had problems with, regarding libata, is QEMU emulating a little-endian MIPS host. In that config, the IDE device is some ISA device, for which the libata driver is a little flakey... everywhere else it's fine.

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robzy 
23/6/08 5:13:57 PM
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Quote by GlennsPref
Wouldn't the "guest additions" take care of that?


Nope, doesn't really seem to affect performance at all. It's sucky either way.

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