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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
2<!DOCTYPE article PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.4//EN"
3                         "http://www.docbook.org/xml/4.4/docbookx.dtd">
4<article>
5  <title>Virtualbox OSE for Debian</title>
6  <section>
7    <title>Different versions</title>
8    <para>
9      The Open Source Edition of VirtualBox contains most but not all
10      features of the closed-source VirtualBox product that is
11      distributed under different terms and available from the
12      <ulink url="http://virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads"> Virtualbox
13      homepage</ulink>. Missing are:
14    </para>
15    <itemizedlist>
16      <listitem>
17        <para>
18          Remote Display Protocol (RDP) Server
19        </para>
20        <para>
21          This component implements a complete RDP server on top of
22          the virtual hardware and allows users to connect to a
23          virtual machine remotely using any RDP compatible client.
24        </para>
25      </listitem>
26      <listitem>
27        <para>USB support</para>
28        <para>
29          VirtualBox implements a virtual USB controller and supports
30          passing through USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices to virtual
31          machines.
32        </para>
33      </listitem>
34      <listitem>
35        <para>USB over RDP</para>
36        <para>
37          This is a combination of the RDP server and USB support
38          allowing users to make USB devices available to virtual
39          machines running remotely.
40        </para>
41      </listitem>
42      <listitem>
43        <para>iSCSI initiator</para>
44        <para>
45          VirtualBox contains a builtin iSCSI initiator making it
46          possible to use iSCSI targets as virtual disks without the
47          guest requiring support for iSCSI.
48        </para>
49      </listitem>
50      <listitem>
51        <para>Emulation for Intel e1000 network devices</para>
52      </listitem>
53      <!-- FIXME web services? What else? -->
54    </itemizedlist>
55  </section>
56  <section>
57    <title>64-bit guests</title>
58      Starting with version 2.0.0 VirtualBox also supports 64-bit guest operating systems,
59      under the following conditions:
60        <itemizedlist>
61          <listitem>
62            You need a 64-bit processor with hardware virtualization support
63            and a 64-bit host operating system.
64          </listitem>
65          <listitem>
66            You must run a 64-bit version of VirtualBox on that OS. This can
67            then run both 32-bit and 64-bit VMs; a 32-bit VirtualBox can only run 32-bit
68            VMs, regardless of the hardware.
69          </listitem>
70          <listitem>
71            You must enable hardware virtualization; software virtualization is not supported
72            for 64-bit VMs.
73          </listitem>
74        </itemizedlist>
75        There is no specific setting to enable 64-bit support for a guest.
76        However, you should enable the I/O APIC for virtual machines that you intend to
77        use in 64-bit mode.
78  </section>
79  <section>
80    <title>How to provide networking to virtual machines</title>
81    <section>
82      <title>Mechanism</title>
83      <para>
84        VirtualBox can use three alternative mechanisms to provide
85        Ethernet networking to its virtual machines:b
86      </para>
87      <section>
88        <title>NAT</title>
89        <para>
90          This is the easiest to use type of setup: The virtual
91          ethernet interface is connected to a virtual NAT router
92          including a DHCP server that is implemented within
93          the VirtualBox host software.
94        </para>
95        <para>
96          This is the default mode. It usually does not require
97          any extra configuration on the host.
98        </para>
99      </section>
100      <section>
101        <title>Internal network</title>
102        <para>
103          In this mode, there is only connectivity within an
104          emulated network shared between two or more virtual
105          machines running in the same VirtualBox instance.
106        </para>
107      </section>
108      <section>
109        <title>Host interface</title>
110        <para>
111          The virtual ethernet interface is connected to a
112          real device on the host filtering out its traffic.
113        </para>
114      </section>
115    </section>
116  </section>
117  <section>
118    <title>Incompatibilities with previous versions</title>
119    <para>
120      Unfortunately, the configuration files between version version
121      1.4.0-svn4130 and 1.5.0 the configuration files are
122      incompatible. In order to fix this issue please delete the
123      complete <command><![CDATA[<Uart>]]></command> section in any
124      <filename>~/.VirtualBox/Machines/NAME/NAME.xml</filename> files.
125    </para>
126  </section>
127  <section>
128    <title>See also</title>
129    <para>
130      Additional and updated information may be found on
131      <itemizedlist>
132        <listitem>
133          <para>
134            the
135            <ulink url="http://virtualbox.org/wiki/End-user_documentation">
136              End-user documentation</ulink> section of the official
137            VirtualBox site.
138          </para>
139        </listitem>
140        <listitem>
141          <para>
142            the
143            <ulink url="http://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox">VirtualBox</ulink>
144            page in the Debian Wiki.
145          </para>
146        </listitem>
147      </itemizedlist>
148    </para>
149  </section>
150</article>
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