Fedora 20 on VirtualBox: No Wayland for you!

Today I tried to install Fedora 20 on VirtualBox. I’m writing to guide voyagers on what NOT to do if you really want to try it on VirtualBox.

Don’t install Guest Additions

After installing on VirtualBox VM, I’ve updated all the packages prior to installing Guest Additions. Fired up Terminal and:

sudo yum upgrade && sudo reboot

To get VirtualBox integration working I had to install some software,

sudo yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel gcc make bzip2 dkms  

setup an environment variable pointing to the where the kernel headers are installed:

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`

mounted Guest Additions image into VM (Host+D), navigated to it, and ran installer:

cd /var/run/media/YOUR_USERNAME/
sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

where X.Y.ZZ_RRRRR was my VirtualBox version.

After rebooting the system things got really scary, I got a very buggy and slow piece of software. Seems like Guest Additions just screwed up video.


To get it kind of usable you should disable 2D/3D acceleration on VirtualBox and forget about Guest Additions on Fedora 20. It renders system unusable.

X11 sucks, what about Wayland?

The latest packages support running GNOME 3.10 over Wayland, but it’s still not the default session. You must switch to a VT (Ctrl+Alt+F2) and start the session manually:

gnome-session --session gnome-wayland

On VirtualBox the command blinks screen and then returns to VT without any error.

I can’t tell this exactly, as things evolves really fast with Wayland, but as far as I know at this moment Wayland works only on Intel graphic cards. So, still no VirtualBox fun for you!

Hey, this is my first post here

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