Fedora Core 15 as a VirtualBox guest OS

Fedora Core 15 was released today! I of course went straight into VirtualBox, after the download finished of course, to create a new couple of VMs. As I usually do, I assigned 512MB of RAM for the new VMs (one 32-bit and one 64-bit). Booting up, the kernel would crash, wth? It turns out, 512MB is not enough to boot up FC15, at least not under VirtualBox. I increased the memory allocated to each VM to 768MB, and things works just fine now.

Now of course to deal with the disaster that is Gnome 3.0. It's probably time to switch over to KDE, the Gnome org is just going crazy removing options and configurations for no apparent reason other than telling people they know best. I mean, come on, not even allowing me to use "Select windows when the mouse moves over them"?? Grrrr...

Update: You can achieve this particular setting ("focus follows mouse") using gconf-edit, setting

/apps/metacity/general/focus_mode

 

to "sloppy" (without the quotes). Sigh. Of course, turning on "fallback" mode is almost a requirement.

Hacking: 

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Re: Fedora Core 15 as a VirtualBox guest OS

Fedora 15 seems awfully slow as a VirtualBox guest on a Windows 7 host, despite being given 2 GB of RAM and direct access to raw partitions. After the installation was finally over, upon restart it complained that Gnome 3.0 could not be started up. Then I installed the VirtualBox guest addition, and now VirtualBox itself crashes when booting up Fedora 15.

Re: Fedora Core 15 as a VirtualBox guest OS

After upgrading VirtualBox to v4.0.8 and updating the Guest Additions Fedora 15 64-bit started fine even with the Gnome 3 interface. However, I am finding that even with 2 GB of RAM allocated to the system it is extremely slow and graphical artifacts are affecting my ability to use the interface. I am not sure if it has anything to do with how I created the HD (dynamic growth) but performance is terrible.

Re: Fedora Core 15 as a VirtualBox guest OS

Same here. Fedora 15 with gnome 3 as guest OS in virtualbox on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. It seems to be a problem with the desktop graphics not updating to show changes. I have to resize the virtualbox window running fedora, or click on one of the items on the black bar on top and move to the next item to get things to update on screen. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Re: Fedora Core 15 as a VirtualBox guest OS

Just a quick note, if you would like to install guest additions you need VirtualBox 4. I don't know if this is an absolute necessity, but I wasted a god awful amount of time trying to get Fedora 15 with VirtualBox Guest Additions installed on anything other than version 4. I kept getting Kernel Errors