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1VirtualBox for OS/2 OSE Edition BETA
2====================================
3
4Version 5.0.51_OSE r159
5
618.03.2018
7
8This is a build of VirtualBox 5.0.51_OSE_r159 Edition for OS/2.
9
10bww bitwise works GmbH. undertook the effort to provide an updated
11version of VirtualBox for OS/2. Please note, that this version is not
12supported by Oracle Corporation.
13
14DO NOT CONTACT ORACLE Corp. REGARDING THE OS/2 VERSION OF VIRTUALBOX
15NO MATTER WHAT YOUR QUESTION IS ABOUT! THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.
16
17How to "Install" and Run
18------------------------
19
201. Run the following lines in order to install all required rpm/yum packages
21
22   yum install libc libgcc1 libcx libstdc++6 libstdc++
23   yum install libsupc++6 libsupc++ libgcc-fwd
24   yum install gettext libxml2 libxslt openssl libcurl zlib
25   yum install libidl libvncserver libaio SDL glib2
26   yum install libqt4-gui libqt4 pthread libvpx libpng libjpeg
27   yum install urpo expat curl mmap
28
292. Unpack this archive somewhere.
30
313. Make sure you have a dot (.) in your LIBPATH statement in CONFIG.SYS.
32
334. Put the following line at the beginning of your CONFIG.SYS
34   and reboot:
35
36     DEVICE=<somewhere>\VBoxDrv.sys
37
385. Go to <somewhere> and run VirtualBox.exe (Qt GUI frontend).
39
406. Note that by default VirtualBox stores all user data in the
41   %HOME%\.VirtualBox directory. If %HOME% is not set, it will use
42   the <boot_drive>:\.VirtualBox directory. In either case, you may
43   overwrite the location of this directory using the VBOX_USER_HOME
44   environment variable.
45
467. For best performance, it is recommended to install the VirtualBox
47   Guest Additions to the guest OS. The archive containing the ISO
48   image with Guest Additions for supported guest OSes (Windows,
49   Linux, OS/2) is named
50
51     VBoxGuestAdditions_5.0.6.iso
52
53   where 5.0.6 is the version number (it's best if it matches the version
54   number of this VirtualBox package).
55   
56   In case the ISO is missing from the archive it can be downloaded from
57   http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/5.0.6/
58   
59
60   Download this ZIP from the same location you took this archive from
61   and unpack the contents to the directory containing VirtualBox.exe.
62   After that, you can mount the Additions ISO in the Qt GUI by selecting
63   Devices -> Install Guest Additions... from the menu.
64
65
66Documentation and Support
67-------------------------
68
69Please visit http://www.virtualbox.org where you can find a lot of useful
70information about VirtualBox. There is a Community section where you can
71try to request some help from other OS/2 users of VirtualBox.
72
73You can download the User Manual for the latest official release of
74VirtualBox using this URL:
75
76  http://www.virtualbox.org/download/UserManual.pdf
77
78
79OS/2 Specific Features
80----------------------
81
82This section describes the features that are specific to the OS/2 version
83of VirtualBox and may be absent in versions for other platforms.
84
851. System key combinations such as Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Esc are currently always
86   grabbed by the host and never reach the guest even when the keyboard
87   is captured. In order to send these combinations to the guest OS, use
88   the following shortcuts (where Host is the host key defined in the
89   global settings dialog):
90
91   Host+` (Tilde/Backquote)  =>  Ctrl+Esc
92   Host+1                    =>  Alt+Tab
93   Host+2                    =>  Alt+Shift+Tab
94
952. If you use two or more keyboard layouts on the OS/2 host (e.g. English
96   and Russian), make sure that the keyboard is switched to the English
97   layer when you work in the VirtualBox VM console window. Otherwise, some
98   shortcuts that involve the Host key (in particluar, all Host+<latin_letter>
99   shortcuts like Host+Q) may not work. Please note that the guest keyboard
100   layout has nothing to do with the host layout so you will still be able to
101   switch layouts in the guest using its own means.
102
1033. Make sure you do not do 'set LIBPATHSTRICT=T' in the environment you start
104   VirtualBox from: it will make the VirtualBox keyboard hook screw up your
105   host desktop (a workaround is to be found).
106   
1074. AMD-V/VTx is not supported on OS/2 host (and never was).Hardware-assisted
108   virtualization is not supported, because some features are missing from
109   OS/2 kernel.
110
1115. The PAE/NX setting which is required by certain Linux distributions in
112   order to work, is available and workable.
113   
1146. Best experience with RAM hungry guests such as Windows currently can be
115   achieved by using the unofficial OS/4 Kernel and setting VALIMIT to 3072.
116
117
118
119Current Issues / TODOs
120----------------------
121
122* FE/Qt (Qt GUI frontend):
123
124  - Seamless mode (no top-level window transparency on OS/2).
125  - Keyboard driver to intercept system key combinations
126    (Alt+Tab etc.)
127
128* Devices:
129
130  - Audio.
131  - Host interface networking.
132  - Internal networking.
133  - USB proxying.
134
135* Misc:
136
137  - Shared clipboard.
138  - Installer.
139  - Very slow Resume after Pause in real mode guest applications.
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