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Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu in three steps

By   |  February 20, 2008

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).

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Once that has downloaded double-click the package which will bring up the GDebi package Installer and then tell it to install the files.

Step 3

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.

[Via Techabhi]

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4 Responses to “Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu in three steps”

  1. be4truth
    February 24th, 2008 @ 5:30 am

    For Ubuntu Gutsy add this line to your /etc/fstab
    none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=46,devmode=664 0 0

    Otherwise the USB will not work. Have fun. This is great software. I sold last week my PC. I run Ubuntu now only Virtual…

  2. Alastair Otter
    February 24th, 2008 @ 6:34 am

    be4truth »
    Excellent tip. I was wondering about that but hadn’t had the time time to figure it out. This will save me. Thanks

  3. Chris Lees
    February 26th, 2008 @ 4:48 am

    I recommend a restart instead of just logging out and logging back in. Some programs that you use will stay running under your own user account even if you log out.

    Also, for the extremely scared, you can add your user account to the vboxusers group through a GUI, assuming you’re using Gnome. Go to System > Administration > Users And Groups. Click “Manage Groups”, then click on “vboxusers” at the bottom of the list. Then there’s a button somewhere that bring up a list of users, and you just click the checkbox next to your username. Then restart the computer etc.

  4. tutolivre.net » VirtualBox OSE no Ubuntu 8.04
    April 28th, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

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