Posted by: Ian | April 23, 2008

Easier VirtualBox install on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

I have been running VirtualBox on my Ubuntu machine so that I can still run Windows apps such as Office 2007 (OpenOffice is nothing compared to it). It’s especially useful because I can run windows applications seamlessly this alone makes it much better than VMware server, along with it’s very small memory footprint.

Recently I’ve installed the non-OSE version of VirtualBox which supports USB pass through. It also installs using apt-get which is so much better than having to build it all manually (As my previous example).

So after googling around to get some extra bits and pieces here is how to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy):

Type this in a terminal (Terminal is loaded by clicking Applications – Accessories – Terminal):

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add this line anywhere:

deb gutsy non-free

Note that even though it says gutsy it will work with Hardy also

Then save and close.

Then run this in a terminal:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

Then in the terminal type this:

sudo apt-get update

Then type this in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox

it has downloaded and installed you are ready to start using
VirtualBox! It can be loaded by going to Applications – System Tools –
Innotek VirtualBox

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