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VMware Virtual Machine Development Enviroment for XBMC Linux porting effort
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I've created a VMware Virtual Machine for anyone interested in helping with the Linux port. It is based upon Ubuntu 7.0.4 Desktop, and all the pre-requesite software is installed (as is KDevelop). Performance isn't great, and there's certainly no 3d support, but it should work good enough to get a lot of tasks done without having to install Ubuntu yourself.

You'll need VMware Workstation or the FREE VMware Player to run the image. The VMware player can be downloaded at http://www.vmware.com for free.

The userid/password is: xbmc/xbmc

You can get a copy of the VM from http://www.aceshome.com/xbmcdev.zip
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#2
Great idea. Thank you! Smile
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Very nice, thanks!, I can't believe we did not think of that before we announced it Confused
...I hope you don't mind that I added information about and a link to it in the WIKI?

PS! Are there more tools, scripts, etc. which could make it even better/accessible?
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#4
Not a problem.

There's already a script in the xbmc home directory to pull the code from subversion.

It might make sense to setup a graphical subversion client.

I thought about putting a copy of the T3CH distro on there and scripts to copy in newly built executables and shared libraries, but thought I'd check demand first.
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Enabling Accelerated 3-D for a Virtual Machine
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=> To enable a virtual machine for accelerated 3-D

1. Choose a virtual machine with Windows 2000 or XP guest operating system.

Note: Do not enable Direct3D on a virtual machine that is powered on or suspended.

2. Add the following to the configuration (.vmx) file for the virtual machine:

mks.enable3d = TRUE

This line enables accelerated 3-D on the host. It is required to support accelerated 3-D in the guest and also enables the host to accelerate 2-D portions of the guest display.

3. You may also add one or both of the following optional lines:

svga.vramSize = 67108864

This line increases the amount of VRAM on the virtual display card to 64 MB. Adding more VRAM helps to reduce thrashing in the guest. The maximum value is 128 MB.

vmmouse.present = FALSE

This line disables the absolute pointing device in the guest. Applications which require DirectInput relative mode need to turn off the absolute pointing device in the guest. In practice, this is only required for a certain class of full screen 3-D applications (for example, real-time games like first-person shooters).

Note: If you set the vmmouse.present option, you should also turn off the preference for motion ungrabbing in the Input tab of the Preferences settings dialog.


To turn off ungrabbing for vmouse.present:

a. Choose Edit > Preferences.
b. Click Input.
c. Deselect Ungrab when cursor leaves window.
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I haven't tried enabling 3d support on a Linux guest, but I'll give it a try and see what happens.
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#7
The above works fine on winxp guests. I don't think it's been implemented for opengl on linux guests though, but let us know how it goes.

I did have a weird pointer issue with winxp (it would disappear in a text box) but playing with the input preferences seemed to fix that issue.

Cheers,
Jonathan
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tssgery,
Why do you say performance is not great? Do you mean the VM or XBMC within the VM?

I built an Ubunto 7.0.4 desktop VM last week and it is very snappy. I run Wks6.0 on a C2D E6300 & 2GB RAM on WinXP.

I run a TON of stuff on VMware and actually looking to build an VMware ESX Server at the house to run my home automation and media center and a bunch of other things. I do this stuff for a living... fun sometimes, but darn pricey!

I'd LOVE if the XBMC Linux version ran smooth as butter in a VM... this is the perfect world for me Wink

And, Wks 6.0 have support for USB 2.0 so all those USB HD capture cards might even work if XBMC gets to the point where DVR or even video passthrough (so everything is in a single interface) works.
I'm not an expert but I play one at work.
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Affini Wrote:tssgery,
Why do you say performance is not great? Do you mean the VM or XBMC within the VM?

I built an Ubunto 7.0.4 desktop VM last week and it is very snappy. I run Wks6.0 on a C2D E6300 & 2GB RAM on WinXP.

I run a TON of stuff on VMware and actually looking to build an VMware ESX Server at the house to run my home automation and media center and a bunch of other things. I do this stuff for a living... fun sometimes, but darn pricey!

I'd LOVE if the XBMC Linux version ran smooth as butter in a VM... this is the perfect world for me Wink

And, Wks 6.0 have support for USB 2.0 so all those USB HD capture cards might even work if XBMC gets to the point where DVR or even video passthrough (so everything is in a single interface) works.

I mean the VM.

I say performance isn't great simply because it's not as fast as running it on physical hardware. If you have a nice machine, and it looks like you do from the specs, it'll run great. I have an old Athlon 3000 with 1GB of ram that I turned into an ESX Server, and it runs 'ok'. If people can devote better hardware that I can, performance will likely prove to be quite sufficient.

I utilize VMware in my job quite a bit, and have found it fantastic for developers/QA to use. Please don't let my statement about performance deter anyone from trying this VM. As I said, it's certainly good enough to get a lot of the porting work done.

If you want to improve performance with the VM that I built, modify the configuration to devote 1GB of RAM (only 512MB is currently assigned). That'll help significantly.
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Affini Wrote:Why do you say performance is not great? Do you mean the VM or XBMC within the VM?
The Linux operating-system is not the issue, it is the XBMC software; performance in the XBMC GUI is only poor under a VM because of the lack of 3D hardware acceleration, (the reason for this is that XBMC GUI uses 3D hardware acceleration to render and accelerate eveything in XBMC is showing on the display, the lack of hardware acceleration support will show itself as very low frames-per-second rendering and slow GUI responseness). So while 3D hardware acceleration is not required for developers to help code XBMC, but 3D hardware acceleration will be a future requirement for XBMC end-users once XBMC for Linux is mature.
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tssgery Wrote:
Gamester17 Wrote:Are there more tools, scripts, etc. which could make it even better/accessible?
It might make sense to setup a graphical subversion client.
Maybe also add these?:

* Dyxygen - Source code documentation generator tool.
* Sysprof - a free System-wide Linux Profiler for tracking CPU usage.
* PowerTOP - utility for detecting what Linux programs and kernel tunables are resulting in the most power consumption.

Huh
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Gamester17 Wrote:Maybe also add these?:

* Dyxygen - Source code documentation generator tool.
* Sysprof - a free System-wide Linux Profiler for tracking CPU usage.
* PowerTOP - utility for detecting what Linux programs and kernel tunables are resulting in the most power consumption.

Huh

Good ideas.

I've added Doxygen and Sysprof, but need to work on PowerTop a little this weekend ( it's not just a simple apt-get install powertop on Ubuntu Confused ).

Also, I added Subcommander and configured it for the XBMC Linux branch.

The new version has NOT yet been made available, but will be by the end of the weekend. I'll post here when it's available.
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A new version of the VM has been posted to http://www.aceshome.com/xbmcdev.zip

Changes:
added Doxygen, Sysprof, and PowerTop by request
added Subcommander and configured it for the XBMC Linux branch.

NOTE: In order for PowerTop to actually show data, a new kernel needs to be built. I think it best people do this themselves if PowerTop is needed. I'd like to keep the VM at a stock kernel.
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I just noticed that VMware Player 2.0 is out now (as of 1st of June 2007) and it has a couple of nice features related to testing XBMC:
* Experimental support for 2-way Virtual SMP assigns more than a single CPU to a virtual machine.
* Share data seamlessly between the virtual machine and host computer.
* Support for USB 2.0 devices allow you to use high speed performance peripherals like MP3 Players within your virtual machine.

Nice is also that you can install/run it under Linux as well as Microsoft Windows (including Windows Vista) 32-bit and 64-bit operating-system.
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Do not e-mail XBMC-Team members directly asking for support. Read/follow the forum rules.
For troubleshooting and bug reporting please make sure you read this first.
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Gamester17 Wrote:I just noticed that VMware Player 2.0 is out now (as of 1st of June 2007) and it has a couple of nice features related to testing XBMC:
* Experimental support for 2-way Virtual SMP assigns more than a single CPU to a virtual machine.
* Share data seamlessly between the virtual machine and host computer.
* Support for USB 2.0 devices allow you to use high speed performance peripherals like MP3 Players within your virtual machine.

Nice is also that you can install/run it under Linux as well as Microsoft Windows (including Windows Vista) 32-bit and 64-bit operating-system.


Correct. I run VMware Player 2.0 and this VM runs fine on it. If you run the player, I'd look to get a copy of VMXbuilder (just google it). It allows you to configure the VM yourself (add processors, memory, disk, etc...) without editing the vmx file by hand.
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