Annotation of wikisrc/projects/project/virtual-box-guest-tools.mdwn, revision 1.9

1.1       wiki        1: [[!template id=project
                      2: 
                      3: title="Make NetBSD a supported guest OS under VirtualBox"
                      4: 
                      5: contact="""
                      6: [tech-kern](mailto:tech-kern@NetBSD.org),
                      7: [tech-x11](mailto:tech-x11@NetBSD.org)
                      8: """
                      9: 
                     10: mentors="""
                     11: [Martin Husemann](mailto:martin@NetBSD.org)
                     12: """
                     13: 
                     14: category="kernel"
                     15: difficulty="medium"
                     16: duration="3 months"
1.9     ! maya       17: done_by="..."
1.1       wiki       18: 
                     19: description="""
1.7       wiki       20: NOTE: this project has been partly completed during GSoC 2013, the remaining cleanup work and tidying is likely not enough work for another GSoC!
1.6       wiki       21: 
1.1       wiki       22: [Oracle VM Virtualbox](http://www.virtualbox.org/) is a virtualization platform that already runs NetBSD guest machines fine.
                     23: 
1.4       kim        24: However, there are a few fine tunings missing: mouse and graphics support, better integration via client tools (clipboard sharing, time synchronization), and maybe
1.1       wiki       25: some possible optimizations.
                     26: 
                     27: FreeBSD is supported, and the sources are available. Note that the FreeBSD kernel code might have license problems.
                     28: 
1.2       wiki       29: As a start there is a pkg of the build tools in pkgsrc/wip already (an ancient version), and Valeriy Ushakov has patches for current VirtualBox
1.1       wiki       30: sources and NetBSD 5, to get the build tools going.
                     31: 
                     32: Overall this project is a mixture of various kernel and userland tasks. For GSoC, some of these may be defined as optional - e.g. working X11
1.5       khorben    33: should be a target, but could be dropped if other things turn out to be more difficult than expected. A list of things to check and improve could include:
                     34: 
                     35:  * time synchronization
                     36:  * proper mouse integration within X (absolute coordinates)
                     37:  * shared clipboard support
                     38:  * higher video resolutions
                     39:  * hardware acceleration (XVideo, DRI...)
1.1       wiki       40: 
1.3       wiki       41: You need a machine with hardware virtualization support (VT-x/Intel or AMD-V) for reasonable guest machine speed. Supporting NetBSD fast without this would be possible with a few tweaks, but is not part of this project (and maybe not even a reasonable goal beyound GSoC).
                     42: 
1.2       wiki       43: [Technical documentation about VirtualBox](http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Technical_documentation)
1.1       wiki       44: 
                     45: [Build environment documentation](http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/kBuild)
                     46: 
1.3       wiki       47: [Build tool sources](http://svn.netlabs.org/kbuild/browser/trunk)
1.1       wiki       48: """
                     49: 
                     50: ]]

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