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Which repo to install VirtualBox from?

asked 2018-10-03 18:30:37 -0500

fasulia gravatar image

RPMFusion repo offers VirtualBox:

And so does Oracle's repo:

Which repo is more recommended for Fedora (28) ?

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I recommend neither but using kvm/qemu (from Fedora's repositories) instead. Possible frontends (GUIs) include VirtManager and GNOME boxes. Both VirtualBox and VMWare are often causing many people issues and pain.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-10-04 04:12:32 -0500 )edit

I also have kvm/qemu/virtmanager installed, and I haven't gotten it to work as well as virtualbox. Mouse is a bit laggy, video playback drops frames, and there's no seamless mode, which I really like. But that's irrelevant since my question is about the preferred method of installing virtualbox, not a vm comparison.

fasulia gravatar imagefasulia ( 2018-10-04 10:57:32 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-10-04 12:24:11 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2018-10-04 14:20:38 -0500

Release version in the 2 repos should be the same. Usually rpmfusion builds it a few days after Oracle releases a new version.

The difference is that Oracle uses dkms to build the kernel modules after kernel updates (vs akmod). Other than that, it’s the same, Vbox is open source and rpmfusion just builds it according to this spec file

I use Virtualbox from Oracle since many many years, no problems, but that shouldn’t be any different with the package from rpmfusion.

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So the differences are a slight difference in build speed and dkms vs akmod? Are there practicality considerations in dkms vs akmod?

fasulia gravatar imagefasulia ( 2018-10-04 13:42:26 -0500 )edit

None that I can think of, both akmod and dkms require the compiler tools and kernel-headers installed on your system. kmod would be a precompiled module but apparently those are not available for VirtualBox.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-10-04 14:27:53 -0500 )edit

There's kmod-VirtualBox from RPMFusion. Not sure how long it's been out but Oracle is currently on version 5.2.18 r124319, while RPMFusion is on r123745. Aside, I noticed that in virtualbox 5.2.18 r123745 from RPMFusion, the guest additions cd (obtained from Devices menu -> Insert Guest Additions CD...) is version r124319. Not sure if that mismatch could cause issues.

fasulia gravatar imagefasulia ( 2018-10-04 14:57:40 -0500 )edit

I wouldn't worry too much. If you want to go with VirtualBox, simply add the Oracle repo and you are good to go. There is not really no disadvantage to it compared to rpmfusion's build.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-10-04 15:20:14 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-10-04 11:27:28 -0500

bob323 gravatar image

Either repository should work just fine. I use RPMFusion and have good results. I don't think one is recommended over the other, but do be aware that if you use the Oracle repository and need a package from RPMFusion later and have to add their repository, you'll have both versions of the VirtualBox packages listed when you search for them.

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What is the difference in the packages between RPMFusion and Oracle's repository? I'm currently using the one from RPMFusion, but it appears Oracle's repo has a more recent release. Does RPMFusion have changes specific for Fedora? Also, RPMFusion has akmod-, kmod-, and other related packages which Oracle's repo does not provide. As for different versions from the different repos, they are named differently, with Oracle's packages having the version number appended to "VirtualBox", plus dnf/dnfdragora indicate the repo each comes from.

fasulia gravatar imagefasulia ( 2018-10-04 11:49:01 -0500 )edit

Packages from both repos have different names, so confusion can be avoided.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-10-04 12:28:43 -0500 )edit

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