Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu in three steps
One of the more common suggestions from readers following the article on my personal must-have apps for Ubuntu last week was that I install some sort of virtual machine on my computer and test software that way. So, I decided to do exactly that and found that VirtualBox is not only easy to install on Ubuntu (or other platforms) but is also easy to use.
For those a little intimidated by the idea of installing something like VirtualBox on their computers here is a very simple three-step process to getting VirtualBox running on Ubuntu (or most other distros).
Download a copy of VirtualBox from here. I’m doing this on Ubuntu Gutsy so get your hands on the Ubuntu 7.10 .deb copy.
Once that has downloaded double-click the package which will bring up the GDebi package Installer and then tell it to install the files.
When VirtualBox is installed the only thing left to do is make sure that your user name is part of the VirtualBox group. To do this open a terminal window and type:
sudo adduser yourusername vboxusers
VirtualBox is now installed. Log out from your current session, log back in and start VirtualBox from the Applications->System Tools menu.
Creating a new virtual machine is as easy as following the step-by-step guide. Techabhi has some suggestions and a helpful guide to preparing your VirtualBox to install a virtual Windows machine.
Of course, you could also do an apt-get to install VirtualBox on most Debian-based distributions but this way is the most generic so you can customise it to your platform.