What is VirtualBox?
InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction; see “InnoTek” for more about our company.
>>READ FIRST<< >> The VirtualBox binaries are available free of charge for personal and evaluation use. By downloading from the below links, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth by the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL). <<
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Just a personal note: I found the VirtualBox to be like VMware workstation so if you how know to use that you will be right at home with VirtualBox.
Right. Onto the hit list of what we need.
What We Need
- VirtualBox :: about 10 MB
- and test CD / ISO file (something small and easy and light to install)
- 5 GB of hdd space
- root user access
- 300 MB of free memory
- about 45mins
- some nice music to listen to ( if you like :))
- kernel source / devel files
- User Manual :: about 2.1 mb
- FC 6 32 bit
- RedHat (should work on this because the CentOS and Fedora are based on RedHat)
- OpenSuSE ver 10.2 (32bit)
Installing on Linux hosts
Qt3.3.5 or higher;
SDL1.2.7 or higher (this graphics library is typically called libsdl or similar).
So make sure you got them installed. I did by default so I guess you should as well.
We need to install the kernel source / devel files for your OS. If you are on OpenSuSE, use yast to install them. For Fedora/CentOS try the package manager to find and install them.
Download a copy of VirtualBox.
** If you downloaded this to your non-Linux PC then copy it over to the Linux PC via WinSCP or Samba.
Then open up a terminal window.
Type the path where you downloaded / copied the file to – like:
sh VirtualBox_1.3.2_Linux_x86.run install /opt/innotek/VirutalBox
It may take 2 to 5 mins to install. 🙂 So its a good time to get a drink.
Click on Finish if you are happy with the hard drive info there. If not click Back and change it:
We are back at the virtual machine settings. Click on Next:
Click on Finish …. to save the settings. 🙂
This is what we should get:
Ok, time to change some of the settings. So we click on Settings, then we change what we want to change. When you’re finished click on OK.
We pick here the /dev/cdrom drive to boot from OR the place where an ISO file is to loaded from. Then we click on OK
Now that you’ve made all wanted changes, click on Start to run the virtual machine. That’s it. 🙂
To get out of the VirtualBox window, push the right ctrl key once and you will get your mouse pointer back. 🙂
If you have problems starting up the VirtualBox if you have a normal account, do this:
Make a new account and add it to the the vboxusers group. Log into that account and try again. See if that works. If not have a look at the user manual.
- VirtualBox: http://www.virtualbox.org
We need to add our username to the vboxgroup to be able to run the program or we are going to get errors that are going to cook your noodle.
Fedora / CentOS
In Fedora / CentOS we do this:
CentOS : go to the Applications menu, then system settings and do the rest. 🙂
Go to System -> Administration -> Users and Groups:
Double-click on the users, then go to the groups tab, find vboxusers, click ok .. log out and then back in.
Way to add users to the group for the VirtualBox to run:
Log in as root user, then type
Go down to Security and Users, pick Group Managerment from the list:
Pick from the list the vboxusers group, then push ALT + I:
Then ALT + M, then pick the member users you want to be able to run the VirtualBox program by pushing the spacebar key on the user name, then the up or down arrow to find another user.
Once done push ALT +A.
Then press ALT + F, then ALT + Q. If the user is logged in on the desktop, then log out and log in again.
Fedora / CentOS
After VirtualBox is installed:
I’m on a FC 6 / Gnome desktop.
Go to Applications – > System Tools – > VirtualBox. Then click on New.
Click on the Computer icon, then on More Applications…:
The InnoTek VirtualBox should be at the top of the list under New Applications (if you want it in the start menu, right-click, then add to favourites or drag onto desktop).
Pick a name and the OS type:
Specify the memory for the virtual machine:
Setting up a hard drive image for the virtual machine. 🙂
Click on New:
Pick the type of hard drive image you are wanting. Read the page when it comes up for what each one does. 🙂 Then click Next:
Pick the size of the drive you are wanting, then click on Next: