Virtualbox in Ubuntu

Robie Basak robie.basak at
Wed Oct 1 17:57:07 UTC 2014

On Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 07:45:52PM +0200, m-stl-94 at wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a  question regarding Virtualbox in Ubuntu
> In the software-center the virtualbox package has "unknow" as license.
> Why has virtualbox been switched from universe to multiverse? I see
> virtualbox in distro like trisquel, so I think that like their
> website says it's opensource, am I right?


This package is not part of the Debian operating system.
It is in the "contrib" area of the Debian archive because it requires a
non-free compiler (Open Watcom) to build the BIOS.
Upstream provides pre-built BIOS images which is used instead.

I presume Ubuntu just inherits that status from Debian.
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