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*NIX: Relatively Minimal Host OS for VirtualBox Use

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Tuxman: Sexist comments will not be tolerated. Your post has been edited and the offensive comment removed.

@ewemoa - see this

That said, the officially supported host OSes are as follows per

1.4. Supported host operating systems

Currently, VirtualBox runs on the following host operating systems:

    Windows hosts:

        Windows XP, all service packs (32-bit)

        Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)

        Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit[1]).

        Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)

        Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)

        Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)

        Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)

    Mac OS X hosts:[2]

        10.6 (Snow Leopard, 32-bit and 64-bit)

        10.7 (Lion, 32-bit and 64-bit)

        10.8 (Mountain Lion, 64-bit)

        10.9 (Mavericks, 64-bit)

    Intel hardware is required; please see Chapter 14, Known limitations also.

    Linux hosts (32-bit and 64-bit[3]). Among others, this includes:

        10.04 ("Lucid Lynx"), 10.10 ("Maverick Meerkat), 11.04 ("Natty Narwhal"), 11.10 ("Oneiric Oncelot"), 12.04 ("Precise Pangolin"), 12.10 ("Quantal Quetzal"), 13.04 ("Raring Ringtail"), 13.10 ("Saucy Salamander")

        Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 ("squeeze") and 7.0 ("wheezy")

        Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6

        Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6

        Fedora Core 6 to 19

        Gentoo Linux

        openSUSE 11.0, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 12.1, 12.2

        Mandriva 2010 and 2011

    It should be possible to use VirtualBox on most systems based on Linux kernel 2.6 or 3.x using either the VirtualBox installer or by doing a manual installation; see Section 2.3, “Installing on Linux hosts”. However, the formally tested and supported Linux distributions are those for which we offer a dedicated package.

    Note that starting with VirtualBox 2.1, Linux 2.4-based host operating systems are no longer supported.

    Solaris hosts (64-bit only) are supported with the restrictions listed in Chapter 14, Known limitations:

        Solaris 11 including Solaris 11 Express

        Solaris 10 (u8 and higher)

Note that the above list is informal. Oracle support for customers who have a support contract is limited to a subset of the listed host operating systems. Also, any feature which is marked as experimental is not supported. Feedback and suggestions about such features are welcome.
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Mods forget to edit quotes. Hmm.

Above list is incomplete, given that (obviously) a couple of BSDs and derivatives work as a host too.

@ewemoa - I guess it's a wrap now that you apparently have a working solution with either Debian or Manjaro. Let us know how it works out for you, and which you prefer, when you get a chance. 


Kirk out! ;D

Thanks to all for participating.

I'm still considering whether to test out the various BSDs -- it may have been more than a decade since my last serious use of FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD (and now there appear to be others...) :)


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