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Date:      Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:16:36 -0300
From:      Mario Lobo <>
Subject:   Re: to come from Linux to FreeBSD
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On Wednesday 24 August 2011 08:48:30 Julian H. Stacey wrote:
> Hi,
> Reference:
> > From:		Dick Hoogendijk <>
> > Date:		Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:24:37 +0200
> > Message-id:	<>
> Dick Hoogendijk wrote:
> > Op 24-8-2011 10:41, Matthew Seaman schreef:
> > > Virtualization is actually a bit of a tricky thing with FreeBSD.
> > > There's Jail, which is excellent -- very light weight, but it only
> > > works with FreeBSD guests. There's VirtualBox, but that runs the guest
> > > OSes as a standard client application and it tends to be slow
> > 
> > VirtualBox is absolutely not slow. At least not on Solaris nor on
> > windows7 boxes. The VB support from FreeBSD is not that good imho. It is
> > a lot easier to get it going under linux, windows or solaris. I know,
> > fbsd packages do not exist. I wonder why...
> > 

I don't know how you guys have been installing Virtualbox on FreeBSD but I 
have been using it since 3.x.x, Always compiling it from ports (using 4.1.2 
now), almost without glitch. The "almost" is on account of a long gone bug 
with nvidia driver versions 1.7.something. Nothing to do with VB. After that, 
no glitches anymore.

As how it runs on my 8-STABLE amd64, I've been able to compare it to vmware 
and hiper-v and as far as running the same things on the 3 of them, to me, 
VBox outperformed both in terms of speed and responsiveness. All 3 are pretty 
stable and hiper-v needs a monster machine to run, contrary to VB and VW. 

I have linux (fedora, centos and ubuntu), OS-x (hackintosh and SL), Os/2, 
Android, Xp (32/64),Win 2003 and win7 (32/64) vms, all jumping from VB version 
to VB version, all without a single glitch, and all performing better with 
each new version. I went as far as installing a background VB Xp vm on my 
firewall (which is a small FBSD 8-STABLE i386 ) for application testing 

I can't say how VB runs on huge environments because I don't have access to 

As for support for VB in general, just stay tunned to



I'm sure anyone will find all questions answered.

and specific to FreeBSD. Bernhard Froehlich has been doing a wonderful job, 
constantly updating the VB ports. Check out 

under emulators.

Mario Lobo
FreeBSD since 2.2.8 [not Pro-Audio.... YET!!] (99% winblows FREE)

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