03-19-2011 06:03 PM - edited 03-19-2011 06:06 PM
Hi guys, developing on a Mac and don't have $50 to spare for the VMware Fusion (and I don't want to torrent it etc), and have been trying to use VirtualBox but it doesn't seem to install the OS...
03-19-2011 06:22 PM
Simulator only officially supports VMWare. You can download a free version of VMWare.
03-19-2011 06:43 PM - edited 03-19-2011 06:51 PM
It's demanding a serial key. As I said, I DON'T have $50 to spare...
I therefore need a different solution, rather than being defected to software I cannot afford. And I also don't have access to a Windows PC...
03-19-2011 10:34 PM - edited 03-19-2011 10:37 PM
It won't work with virtualbox. I have already checked on a number of websites and a lot of people have tried and the official word from virtualbox is that it will not be happening. The issue is that it is runn QNX and it is a completely different OS and also has special hardware support. I know it is emulation but specific work has been done to make this happen on VMWare player and fusion. As I said I have looked into virtualbox and it simply won't work without considerable effort and they don't see a pressing need to do so.
@jtegen, that version isn't free. it specifically mentions on the page you linked to you get your key when you purchase it.
A strange and silly solution would be to use virtualbox to run linux then install vmware player inside it and do your development from there but again that would probably be pretty slow.
So unless you are up for that strange solution you are simply going to have to pay for the vmware player or use another machine or not test your apps. Sorry but we are telling you there isn't another way.
03-19-2011 10:40 PM
Speed isn't of the essence in my app. I just want to check everything functions as normal. One thing I AM trying is to install Ubuntu as a dual-boot on my Mac, but that's not getting very far as I don't have access to a CD, and the USB flash drive thing just isn't working for me either...
I may have to do that double-emulation thing if it doesn't work... I'm also unsure as how to sign my apps (Flash CS4 doesn't want to accept the signing file from RIM as it's the wrong format, guess I'll have to submit it unsigned too...)
03-19-2011 10:42 PM
The main reason from what i know is that 3d acceleration support is not built into VirtualBox. and there is no way to run the Guest Additions as it doesnt boot further enought for you to run them. One option is to prepackage the guest additions into the Simulator ISO image. But thats something RIM would have to invest time. And right now thats least of their priority.