VMware VS VirtualBox

Jonas Norlander jonorland at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 11:14:27 UTC 2009

2009/3/16 Edmund Laugasson <ed.lau at mail.ee>:
>> Can anyone compare and contrast? I would like to use one or the other.
>> What is best?

> Under Linux you need some tweaks to get work USB but it can be done by adding few lines into conf
> file(s) and it works well. Also USB 2.0 works under VirtualBox. In OSE (OpenSource Edition) there
> are some missed features - http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Editions
> So, I need usually full version.
> Look here for USB support at VirtualBox under Linux:
> http://michael-prokop.at/blog/2007/07/11/virtualbox-usb/
> http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-551469.html
> Certainly, you can Google for more instructions. But at first look you VirtualBox installation -
> there can be this USB alread work and you don't need add those tweaks.
> I used:
> # close VirtualBox if it was opened
> # sudo nano /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh
> # approx 40. row ("Magic to make /proc/bus/usb work") remove # from following 4 rows:
>      mkdir -p /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs
>      domount usbfs "" /dev/bus/usb/.usbfs -obusmode=0700,devmode=0600,listmode=0644
>      ln -s .usbfs/devices /dev/bus/usb/devices
>      mount --rbind /dev/bus/usb /proc/bus/usb
> # you can set here also devmode=644, then probably you don't need to add those two lines below into
> /etc/rc.local
> # save (F3) and quit (F2)
> # sudo /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh stop
> # sudo /etc/init.d/mountdevsubfs.sh start
> # sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv reload

In my version 2.1.4 from the virtualbox repro there is no need to do
that anymore, you just need to add your USB device in the USB settings
for you virtual machine and it will show up in the guest OS (works
flawless for my windows scanner). Virtualbox shows a list of all
connected USB devices so it's very easy to add them to the virtual

/ Jonas

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