Compiz in a Box

In VirtualBox 2.2.0, which was released today, that is. The new OpenGL acceleration for Linux and Solaris guests allows compiz to run very nicely in a virtual machine. (Click the thumbnail for a Theora video of compiz running in an OpenSolaris guest in OS X.)

Compiz running in VirtualBox
Compiz running in VirtualBox

EDIT: I suppose I ought to add there’s some other cool stuff in 2.2.0 as well, particularly the ability to import/export appliances in OVF format.

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15 thoughts on “Compiz in a Box”

  1. @Marius: Good question… I haven’t seen anything to suggest that this isn’t available in the OSE version, but I’ll ask the team.

  2. I must say, this is amazing. Until now, opengl was about the only thing you couldn’t do in a VM. Well, I guess we showed us, huh?

  3. @Karl: It’s only OpenGL for now. I’ve heard that DirectX is on the roadmap, but I don’t know the priority/timeline for that.

  4. Awesome!

    (Not that I had any reason to think otherwise; my “this sounds too good to be true” reaction kicked in. E.g. now it thinks this is going to trigger new and interesting bugs in the intel driver when using UXA… ;-)

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