Why is the extension pack seperate to VBox?

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Why is the extension pack seperate to VBox?

Postby markanderson » 20. Jan 2019, 18:13

I'm sure there's a perfectly good reason for this, but why is it necessary to download and install an updated extension pack every time the VBox s/ware is updated? Why not just incorporate the extension pack into the main VBox s/ware?
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Re: Why is the extension pack seperate to VBox?

Postby mpack » 20. Jan 2019, 18:42

It's because the extension pack contains features which the devs don't want to make open source, the current model simplifies the identification and licensing of the open and proprietary parts.

I suggest you look at the VirtualBox page on Wikipedia. It contains a brief history of VirtualBox licensing models, including a time when the extension pack features (as they existed at the time) were part of the main code body.
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Re: Why is the extension pack seperate to VBox?

Postby markanderson » 20. Jan 2019, 23:50

ok, thanks for that info. I knew there had to be a reason!
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