[needs packaging] virtualbox, proprietary

Bug #418773 reported by karaluh on 2009-08-25
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Bug Description

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Proprietary edition has some extra features that are missing from VirtualBox OSE.



C de-Avillez (hggdh2) wrote :

Thank you for opening this bug and helping make Ubuntu better.

Unfortunately, we cannot package the full VirtualBox: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Editions states this version is provided in binary form only; additionally, it has usage restrictions (only personal usage, and evaluation).

Closing WONTFIX: the Sun licence for the full VBox explicitly prohibits any usage beyond those listed in paragraph 2.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Won't Fix
karaluh (karaluh) wrote :

1. There are allready binary only packages in Ubuntu (fglrx, Adobe flash player).
2. The only reason Sun doesn't allow to redistribute the binary version is to track it's downloads, so it should not be that hard for Canonical and Sun to come with an agreement.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Won't Fix → New
tags: added: needs-packaging
Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

*** This is an automated message ***

This bug is tagged needs-packaging which identifies it as a request for a new package in Ubuntu. As a part of the managing needs-packaging bug reports specification, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Specs/NeedsPackagingBugs, all needs-packaging bug reports have Wishlist importance. Subsequently, I'm setting this bug's status to Wishlist.

Changed in ubuntu:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist

This is unnecessary. Sun (now Oracle) provide their own repository with an up-to-date proprietary version. I've had no problems with it.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Invalid
karaluh (karaluh) wrote :

I know, I'm using it. However, I would rather use only official repositories.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Invalid → New
Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

Virtualbox is available in the Precise universe repositories, so I'd say this can be set as fix released.

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