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Virtual Box update, icon, and sysinternals news

From: John F.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:09 AM

I added the Windows XP logo to the VirtualBox page, so the grand kids will know what to click on the desktop to make their edutainment games run. It is a transparent .PNG that really looks pretty good - should fit in with almost any theme or desktop.

On the USB front, it seems the latest builds (1.6.2 and later) have more usb functionality slipstreamed in! Sun maybe is dropping the old pay-for-USB-features paradigm that Innotek was using? However it is not fully baked yet: you have to manually create an entry into /etc/fstab to give the vboxgrp permissions to access the usbfs (which is hot plugged). I found fstab references on's FAQ - should have this sorted by next meeting I expect.

Lastly, even though winternals is not open source and was acquired two years ago by Microsoft, MS has done a strangely tech friendly thing: posting the suite of free tools on a website for individual simple HTTP download. No silverlight required!

If you support Windows boxen these tools are a necessity. They are the only way to CLI script functionality in many cases, aside from just making your life generally easier. Maybe power shell includes some of these now?

I remember when the announcement came down that MS had bought them, everyone went to download the latest versions of the free tools (and paid too) because we all expected MS to roll them into a paid-only resource kit or worse. Strange thing is two years later I would do the same thing again - just in case.

In any event, VirtualBox let me watch some of Olympic Judo which was not available on DirecTV or local NBC. You HAVE TO load silverlight and a DRM codec pack (which means you HAVE to be running Windows XP SP2 or greater, Vista or recent Mac (so they said))... but you can sorta watch what you want. I could not get NBC's very pretty interface to work right (11 videos listed but only live feed would play), but I could get to highlight reels from the HTML side (not listed inside the silverlight interface). And when the Olympics is done, I will revert in less than 10 seconds to a snapshot before silverlight, before DRM codec, and be back to a clean XP load.

Thank You Open Source...

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