I'm using Virtualbox 5.0.28 on Linux Mint as a host.

I have two guest systems I'm comparing:

  • Kali Linux w. Kernel 4.6.4
  • Linux Mint 17.3 w. Kernel 3.19.0-32

On both guests:

  • Guest additions are installed.
  • glxinfo seems to come up for both, showing 3D acceleration enabled.
  • Gnome settings shows "Chromium" as a rendering engine(?)
  • The kernel modules vboxvideo are loaded.
  • Xorg.0.log shows that X11 loads the vboxvideo drivers.
  • Both have 3d support enabled in VirtualBox settings and 128M of RAM for video.

but, Kali feels sluggish. E.g.,:

  • When I take a terminal window and drag it around the screen, I can make the host CPU jump to 150% The same action on Mint barely tops 40% (and Window transparency is enabled).
  • Keystrokes are occasionally lost on Kali, I have to s-l-o-w down my typing so as to be sure I'm typign correctly
  • By comparison, a Mint guest feels native, scrolling is sharp, fast and keystrokes are never lost.

Note that in this window drag experiment, the CPU load on the guest doesn't increase, the load increases on the host which makes me think that it's a video acceleration issue.

A few places I'm stuck:

  • How can I see if the desktop environments both support 3d acceleration? Is that even an issue?
  • Does Virtualbox's lack of Guest support for 2d acceleration in Linux factor in?
  • How can I get X.org to generate a new Xorg.0.log? (the date on the file is similar to install time)

But the key here is that with the 3d support apparently not being the problem, what else could be slowing down the guest in Virtualbox?

  • Fill a bugreport: docs.kali.org/community/submitting-issues-kali-bug-tracker – Ipor Sircer Dec 15 '16 at 17:18
  • @IporSircer if you think it's a bug in the distro, please let me know why. – mgjk Dec 15 '16 at 17:47
  • Kali hasn't designed for desktop usage, Mint's goal to be desktop. You've clearly written the experienced differences. – Ipor Sircer Dec 15 '16 at 17:54
  • @IporSircer If you're saying that there are specific differences in how Kali and Mint implement Gnome which would affect how acceleration works in Virtualbox, please feel free to answer. – mgjk Dec 15 '16 at 18:09
  • Feel free to fill a bugreport. Kali developers know much more about it than me. – Ipor Sircer Dec 15 '16 at 18:10

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