Windows virtual machine on linux help

Kristoffer Gustafsson kg84 at
Mon Jun 28 21:24:17 UTC 2010

Yeah, I've read this already about the guest editions.

I'll try and create a virtual machine, and try all this things.
Because it is much easier to read .chm files in windows than in linux, and 
that is why I want the virtual machine, and for playing some games maybe.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "marbux" <marbux at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: Windows virtual machine on linux help

> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM, Kristoffer Gustafsson
> <kg84 at> wrote:
>> Hi.
>> 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?
> Don't run pure Debian so don't know. But I'd say it's worth a try. You
> can always purge Virtual Box from the system if it doesn't work. But
> if you encounter dependency issues when installing, I'd advise getting
> better advice than I can offer before trying to force the
> installation.
>> Also, as a blind user, can I install guest editions by myself in any way?
> I'm sighted so don't know for sure. I have seen others on this list
> discussing Virtual Box usage, so I suspect you can.
> After installing both virtual box and the OS, boot the virtual OS.
> When it's running, push Right Control+D. (The Right Control key is the
> default "Host" key that is used in combination with other keys to
> perform various actions involving the host operating system.)
> That combination launches a dialog to select and install the guest
> additions for the guest operating system.
> The guest additions are installed by the Virtual Box installer as ISO
> images for each major operating system supported. I.e., if  your guest
> OS is Windows, then select the Windows Guest Additions ISO. Then tab
> to the control for proceeding to the next step.
> After the guest additions are installed, you have a bunch more
> configuration options.
> Best regards,
> Paul
>> /Kristoffer
>> ----- 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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