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I want to run a guest operating system under a Linux host with VirtualBox, but I don't want to run from within X. I don't want a headless configuration, I don't want to run VirtualBox in the background, I don't want any remote protocols. I just want the guest OS to take control of my console (keyboard, mouse and monitor) and render to the framebuffer directly, not from within an X window.

Is this possible?

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You can set things up to auto login, run X with no window manager, and launch Virtual box full screen, this may have the effect you are looking for. – richard Sep 29 '12 at 21:20
Can you give some feed back of what you are trying to do? (non technical, customer perspective, goal directed). – richard Sep 30 '12 at 8:43
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No, it's currently not possible. It would be theoretically possible to port VirualBox to some other graphical backend, like the raw framebuffer. The reason for this not being done is probably that X is the only graphical solution for Linux with good acceleration support. But hopefully VirtualBox will be able to run under Wayland in the near future.

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