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Old 05-24-2014, 04:41 PM   #1
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Should I install guest additions from virtualbox or from linux Mint repos


Hello friends

Virtualbox has guest additions via a iso file form the Devices menu. Linux Mint 16 has virtualbox guest additions in the repos. Which should I use?
 
Old 05-24-2014, 07:41 PM   #2
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I'm assuming that Mint is the guest OS...

From what I've heard, it's always better to get stuff from the repos versus other sources.

Hope this helps!
 
Old 05-24-2014, 09:16 PM   #3
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Before I had a chance to read your post above, I already installed the guest additions using virtualbox guest additions from this article page
http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1...inux-mint.html

Thus far, there is no issues after purging the virtualbox programs from the repos. The guest additions from virtualbox is working great.

Thanks for the reply and post
 
Old 05-24-2014, 09:27 PM   #4
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There are pluses and minuses for doing both actions, generically).

From the repos, you'll get more stable, but older code. You also might lack improvements, future features, and important bugfixes.

From the software owner, you'll get less stable (probably), newer code. You'll potentially also get better features, and newer bugfixes.

From repos is easy, properly compiled, and normally all dependencies are met.

From the software owner, you sometimes have to compile code, install deps not already met, and possibly follow special instructions, etc.
 
Old 05-24-2014, 09:37 PM   #5
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There are pluses and minuses for doing both actions, generically).

From the repos, you'll get more stable, but older code. You also might lack improvements, future features, and important bugfixes.

From the software owner, you'll get less stable (probably), newer code. You'll potentially also get better features, and newer bugfixes.

From repos is easy, properly compiled, and normally all dependencies are met.

From the software owner, you sometimes have to compile code, install deps not already met, and possibly follow special instructions, etc.
The guest additions are from the latest version of virtualbox 4.3.12 as well as the extension pack. So far it is working great.

Maybe I'll try the repo route of the guest additions when I do a fresh install of Mint 17.

Cheers
 
Old 05-25-2014, 01:45 AM   #6
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I've always used the Guest Addition option straight from Virtualbox itself. Never had problems there
 
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I find that the additions form the guest's repositories generally don't work as well as those provided by VirtualBox itself. On some occasions the Ubuntu repository versions have simply not worked at all.
Usually I would advise using software from the repositories but experience tells me that in this case the ones from VirtualBox work better.
 
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