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GNOME Boxes 3.7.3 Release!

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Since this is the first version of Boxes that use liosinfo I though to quickly check on it.

libosinfo is a GObject based library API for managing information about operating systems, hypervisors and the (virtual) hardware devices they can support. It includes a database containing device metadata and provides APIs to match/identify optimal devices for deploying an operating system on a hypervisor. Via the magic of ​GObject Introspection, the API is available in all common programming languages with demos for ​javascript (GJS/Seed) and ​python (PyGObject)

libosinfo home page

Boxes Search Provider

What’s the point to search for Virtual Machines into Shell? Simply you can’t just search, but you can also launch a VM. So instead of opening Boxes, looking for the VM and then launch it, you can speed up this process with the help of Shell.


To be honest I didn’t try that, as Boxes Search Provider doesn’t work, at least in my installation, but I am sure this is how to work, like the rest of  GNOME Apps.

*That was my mistake,  Boxes had a Search Provider in GNOME 3.6, which I hadn’t noticed. So the only difference here is that you can switch  it (On/Off). Sorry!

GNOME Boxes 3.7.3 Changelog

I am not using Boxes, so I cannot really comment on these changes, but for those who are using it, here they are:

Apart from the user-visible changes listed below, this is the first release that makes use of new automated installation API of libosinfo.
  • More robust VM naming for unknown media.
  • Ensure media presented in wizard are actually available.
  • Provide visual indication of boxes being saved.
  • The ‘pause’ button should only be enabled if any of the selected machines support saving and is not already in saved state.
  • Don’t lose tracking of installation if user quits Boxes during installation.
  • Exit to collection view if the VM goes to a non-running state
  • Exit to collection view on display disconnect only for current item.
  • Don’t crash when running Boxes while it’s already running.
  • Make it actually possible to pause VMs under installation.
  • Add support for changing the CD-ROM device/ISO from properties.
  • Add troubleshooting log viewer to system properties.
  • Add usbredir on/off status to configure output.
  • Remove ‘Simple’ from the generic name so Boxes doesn’t show in gnome-shell’s search result when searching for this term.
  • Automatically download & install pre-installation drivers libosinfo knows about (currently only virtio storage driver). This makes manual download of win-tools ISO redudant.
Added/updated translations:
  • Assamese
  • Kannada
  • Tamil
  • Galician
  • Some other functional and non-functional improvements and fixes.
Dependencies changed:
  • libosinfo >= 0.2.2
  • glib-2.0 >= 2.32
  • valac >= 0.17.3 (build-time only)

Boxes Changelog

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  • Adonis K. (Varemenos)

    Executing an VM by selecting it through the Dash would be pure awesomeness.

  • Remjg

    It’s such an easy software to use, I like it !

  • fmuellner

    > Boxes of course now has a search provider and you can now

    > launch your virtual machines faster, directly from GNOME Shell!

    That’s not really news actually – Boxes already shipped a search provider in 3.6.0 (as did Documents, Contacts and Files) …

    • alex285

      I never had seen that, I just did :) I edited that, Sorry!