Windows virtual machine on linux help

Kristoffer Gustafsson kg84 at
Mon Jun 28 18:31:11 UTC 2010

Ok, now I've read some documentation and I am planning to try it.
but I can't find any package for debian squeeze I'm running at the moment.
Do you think I can take the packages for lenny?
Also, as a blind user, can I install guest editions by myself in any way?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "marbux" <marbux at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 6:41 PM
Subject: Re: Windows virtual machine on linux help

> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 7:38 AM, Kristoffer Gustafsson
> <kg84 at> wrote:
>> Hi.
>> I'm planning too to try windows on virtualbox.
> Using Virtual Box, I've got Windows 7 64-bit running as a virtual
> guest on a Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit host for purposes of testing software I
> help develop. The machine itself is pretty fast and everything happens
> quickly in Ubuntu.
> But Win7 runs like very slow molasses this way, not suitable at all
> for production work.
> I've tried it the other way around (Win7 host; Ubuntu 9.10 virtual
> guest) and didn't notice any performance loss at all in Ubuntu. But
> since I do almost all of my work in Ubuntu and don't need Win7 except
> for testing, and because I have several virtual machines for different
> operating environments for testing purposes (our software is
> multi-platform), I reverted to running Ubuntu as the host and Win7 as
> the guest.
> So based on this experience, I'd recommend that if you want to use
> Windows for production, run it on bare metal and run Ubuntu on Virtual
> Box.
> [more]
>> But I've searched and searched, and can't find any good examples and 
>> such,
>> how to use vboxmanage and so.
>> Can you give me step by step guide on how to do it? I've got an iso with
>> unattended installation.
>> I want to enable sound, cd rom support, and usb.
> The open source version of Virtual Box in the Ubuntu repositories does
> not support USB.
> For that you'll need the binary version available from
> <>. Unlike the open source
> version, it has user documentation. The Help file documentation is
> adequate and is also online in both HTML and PDF formats at
> <>.
> A critical step in configuring a Virtual Box virtual machine after
> installing the guest operating system is to install the "guest
> additions" for that operating system. Without the guest additions, you
> will lack a lot of expected features such as sound and USB support.
> If you hit any problems, you'd be far better off asking on the Virtual
> Box forums or mailing list than asking me.
> <>. There are people there who
> know far more about Virtual Box than I do.
>> Also, is virtualbox better than qemu?
> I haven't tried qemu for years but didn't care for it back then.
> Likely, it has improved. I left VMWare for Virtual Box because
> creating and configuring a virtual machine on Virtual Box was far
> easier for me. But I do know people who much prefer VMWare, so your
> mileage may vary.
> Hope this helps and good luck!
> Paul
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