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    Question USB support for VirtualBox from openSUSE repository?

    Does VirtualBox from the openSUSE repository support USB yet? If yes, does it support USB 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1?

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    Default Re: USB support for VirtualBox from openSUSE repository?

    As installed VirtualBox from the OS repo does not support any USB for security reasons.
    To enable USB support you should edit the file /etc/udev/rules.d/60-vboxdrv.rules as per the following instructions. At this point you get only USB 1.0 support.
    To enable USB 2.0 and 3.0 support you should install the Extension Pack matching the version of your VBox available here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    Don't know about USB 3.1.

    The full procedure is outlined in this former thread: https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...42#post2751942
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    Default Re: USB support for VirtualBox from openSUSE repository?

    Quote Originally Posted by Max314 View Post
    Does VirtualBox from the openSUSE repository support USB yet? If yes, does it support USB 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1?
    Virtualbox from the OSS is hardly different than Virtualbox downloaded from Oracle, so you can rely on all Virtualbox doumentation and articles.

    The Virtualbox documentation for supporting USB is the following link.
    Although I thought that USB 2.0 was supported without the Extension Pack, it might be that the Extension Pack is required (or at least highly recommended) for all USB support

    https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html

    The following Virtualbox Forum thread discusses USB 3.1 specifically.
    In general for all virtualized I/O (all virtualization technologies), a basic emulation principle is that the HostOS has to support whatever technology and be configured properly before an emulation driver for that hardware used by a Guest can work. Otherwise, you can <try> hardware pass-through with all its complications and access issues.

    https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=74826

    Edit - Yes, and edit the file OrsoBruno describes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    Virtualbox from the OSS is hardly different than Virtualbox downloaded from Oracle, so you can rely on all Virtualbox doumentation and articles.

    The Virtualbox documentation for supporting USB is the following link.
    Although I thought that USB 2.0 was supported without the Extension Pack, it might be that the Extension Pack is required (or at least highly recommended) for all USB support

    https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch03.html

    The following Virtualbox Forum thread discusses USB 3.1 specifically.
    In general for all virtualized I/O (all virtualization technologies), a basic emulation principle is that the HostOS has to support whatever technology and be configured properly before an emulation driver for that hardware used by a Guest can work. Otherwise, you can <try> hardware pass-through with all its complications and access issues.

    https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=74826

    Edit - Yes, and edit the file OrsoBruno describes.

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    Thank you very much for your prompt, high quality answer.

    It looks like I will be testing VirtualBox from the openSUSE repo for USB support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauerland View Post
    Thank you for that very useful link. I will be sure to consult that reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrsoBruno View Post
    As installed VirtualBox from the OS repo does not support any USB for security reasons.
    To enable USB support you should edit the file /etc/udev/rules.d/60-vboxdrv.rules as per the following instructions. At this point you get only USB 1.0 support.
    To enable USB 2.0 and 3.0 support you should install the Extension Pack matching the version of your VBox available here https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    Don't know about USB 3.1.

    The full procedure is outlined in this former thread: https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...42#post2751942
    Thank you very much for your prompt, high quality answer.

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    Default Re: USB support for VirtualBox from openSUSE repository?

    On Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:06:02 +0000, Max314 wrote:

    > Does VirtualBox from the openSUSE repository support USB yet? If yes,
    > does it support USB 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1?


    It's been supported for a while - you just needed to modify a
    configuration file for security reasons. I've used it for years
    myself.

    Others have provided the specifics - just wanted to throw out there that
    it has actually been supported for a while now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:06:02 +0000, Max314 wrote:

    > Does VirtualBox from the openSUSE repository support USB yet? If yes,
    > does it support USB 2.0, 3.0, or 3.1?


    It's been supported for a while - you just needed to modify a
    configuration file for security reasons. I've used it for years
    myself.

    Others have provided the specifics - just wanted to throw out there that
    it has actually been supported for a while now.

    Jim

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    Thank you very much for you enlightening reply of great news . I'm very glad to know I can switch to the openSUSE repo of VirtualBox instead of using the Oracle repo.

    <trivia point> I don't know if this is correct, and my memory says that when VirtualBox was initially introduced to the openSUSE repo, that version could not support USB, even with an extension pack installed; yet, the Oracle-direct version could. If I'm wrong on that, it is of no consequence; especially since I can get the openSUSE version of VirtualBox working now with USB. </trivia point>

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    Default Re: USB support for VirtualBox from openSUSE repository?

    Quote Originally Posted by Max314 View Post
    Thank you very much for you enlightening reply of great news . I'm very glad to know I can switch to the openSUSE repo of VirtualBox instead of using the Oracle repo.

    <trivia point> I don't know if this is correct, and my memory says that when VirtualBox was initially introduced to the openSUSE repo, that version could not support USB, even with an extension pack installed; yet, the Oracle-direct version could. If I'm wrong on that, it is of no consequence; especially since I can get the openSUSE version of VirtualBox working now with USB. </trivia point>
    You're not mistaken. Don't know how long ago this was, but I do remember that the openSUSE version was crippled re. full USB support
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