BTW, here my official confirmation (perhaps for the wiki then? I will also put 
this into README for the src release to my personal github for everybody to 
review and fetch) : The trick provided by Christian Meier to get Vbox5 running 
as root (without the QT problem in Vbox_5_ if run as root) *WORKS* and *VOILA*, 
suddenly usb devices (of the real host) do get listed for attachment :-)

No network cable or anything is needed, just locally:

A) ssh -X localhost

and then

B) su  (without -)

C) /opt/VirtualBox/VirtualBox

And bingo! USB devices are suddenly all there and also non-USB CD/DVD 
passthrough works as root!
This is required to install copy-protected optical media to MS-Win guests, such 
as in my case the Russian Language learning software requiring not only a 
vendor's genuine serial number but also running authentication checks against 
the physical (!!!) DVD itself.

Big special thanks to longterm OpenSXCE community member/supporter and now 
Hipster co-migrant Christian Meier
Thanks also to all others who tested and reported, including now also tnx to 
Mr. Carl Brewer


>Вторник, 20 сентября 2016, 5:24 UTC от Christian Meier <>:
>Hi Martin
>> The curiosity with Vbox5.0.x and 5.1.x (no matter if Oracle bins or 
>> self-built) is, that you cannot properly run vbox5 as root (for a short 
>> test), because the Qt GUI gets messed up and no text is shown. Quite odd.
>I could start as root if I tunnel the X-Windows
>It makes no different if I connect from Windows (putty x-forward) or do
>an 'ssh -X' on the Solaris.
>May this work for the moment as a work-around
>Regards Christian

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