Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

3D Acceleration in VirtualBox Guests

Filed under
Linux
Software
Ubuntu

Last spring, the world changed forever when VirtualBox implemented support for 3D acceleration in Windows and Linux guests. I have a tendency to be behind the curve on world-changing events, so I didn’t found time to play with this new feature until a few days ago. But what I found made me really happy.

One of the most common complaints about Ubuntu is, “It doesn’t run application X, which I need for school/work/gambling.”

Sometimes, wine is the solution to these problems. I’d be reluctant, however, to rely on wine if I needed a Windows program to run flawlessly. Wine can do wonderful things, but it can also do weird, flaky and unpredictable things in many cases, which is not acceptable in a production environment.

In most other situations, running Windows in a virtualized environment via any of a number of Linux virtualization platforms–VMware, VirtualBox, KVM, Xen, etc.–is the next-best way to get that tricky Windows-only application working on Ubuntu.

Until recently, however, the big caveat for virtualization in Linux was that applications requiring video hardware acceleration–which means most games made in the last decade, among other things–were not supported.

Rest Here




More in Tux Machines

Trinity Desktop Environment Now Supports Ubuntu 15.04, ARM64, and PPC64le

The developers behind the TDE (Trinity Desktop Environment) project, an open-source desktop environment that keep the spirit of KDE3.5 alive, have announced the immediate availability for download of Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.1. Read more

Ubuntu MATE Donates Money to VLC, OpenBSD, and a Debian Developer

Martin Wimpress, the lead developer and maintainer of the Ubuntu MATE operating system, had the great pleasure of informing us about the contributions made to various open source projects during the month of August 2015. Read more

today's leftovers

Leftovers: More Chromebooks