AMD64 VM with OpenGL?

Roland Smith rsmith at
Tue Jun 30 00:13:13 UTC 2009

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:59:04PM +0100, xorquewasp at wrote:
> On 2009-06-29 23:34:08, Roland Smith wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 08:14:17PM +0100, xorquewasp at wrote:
> > > Hello.
> > > 
> > > What's the preferred virtual machine on FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE on amd64 if
> > > OpenGL support is required?
> > 
> > Depends on what your definitions of a virtual machine and OpenGl support
> > are. :-)
> Yeah, probably should have mentioned that!
> I actually meant the definition you gave: a VM with native OpenGL
> acceleration.
> I wonder if the virtualbox port to FreeBSD is likely to be able to
> use this at all:

The page says it does.

> Virtualbox + VMGL seems the most likely candidate at the moment -

From the abovementioned page: "VMGL is available for X11-based guest OS's".

> I'm just not sure if it's currently stable at all.

At version 0.1.1, I wouldn't expect too much.

OpenGL is just a display mechanism. If the calculations feeding the
display have to be run in an emulator, this will slow your program down

If your program on the guest OS is already written for X11, can't you
port it to FreeBSD?  Or run it natively and transport the output to your
FreeBSD box via X11?

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