Trying to DUMP Windows.... But

Justin Gruenberg justin.gruenberg at
Fri Mar 27 15:16:11 UTC 2009

Sorry this is going to be formatted weird. Our network is acting all
strange so I just got my blackberry.

USB devices work more or less in virtualbox. You can use a usb hard
drive. It works, but I think itd be better to mount it in the host and
then share the folder with the guest. This is pretty straight forward
to do. I have been able to use a generic usb joystick just by telling
virtualbox to use it. The only thing that hasn't worked for me is
doing the blackberry upgrade in virtualbox. All in all, things work
great if you have a powerful enough computer and still work decent if
you don't. So give it a try there's not a lot to lose.

On 3/27/09, Chris Jones <jonesc at> wrote:
> Hi,
>> Points well taken but, my understanding is that virtualizing via kvm
>> (Kernel Virtual Mode), particularly if you have the virtualization
>> extensions implemented in your CPU and your motherboard supports it, and
>> many do these days, has a negligible and imperceptible hit on
>> performance. I have run Windows in such an environment but I had no
>> motivation to run benchmarks because the performance was so good that I
>> didn't care if I might "only" have 95% of the performance of running on
>> bare metal.
> This is true, but not really what I was referring to.
>> Generally speaking, those who virtualize aren't gamers and graphics
>> performance, especially on modern hardware, is perfectly acceptable in
>> virtual machines. When I run Windows virtualized, it's only because I
>> want to treat it like a brain in a jar like in one of those shlocky
>> sci-fi flicks. I don't care about connecting peripherals via USB or
>> squeezing the last few frames per second of graphics performance. In
>> fact, if I cared about the latter, I wouldn't run the pedestrian video
>> cards I run.
> On the USB point. I think this is important. Many people these days have
> large collections of movies/photos/music which are commonly stored on
> external drives. In this case someone considering switching is going to
> expect to be able to access these external drives just as easily under
> linux as windows. In a native install, this will likely work well. In a
> VM, my experience is it is sometimes a little flaky. So, if this was
> important to the potential switcher, as the OP in this case, I wouldn't
> suggest trying things out in a VM.
> On the graphics front it is true it just just eye candy, and not
> critical, but again I think it best to present linux in its best light,
> and with the modern composting window managers (KDE4, compiz etc.) this
> requires good opengl hardware acceleration, which afaik no VM solution
> yet gives (easily...).
> Chris
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