Installing VirtualBox From Precompiled BinariesThe VirtualBox binaries can be downloaded from here: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads. If the PUEL license is ok for you and there's a package for your distribution, you can install that package. For example, there is a VirtualBox .deb package for Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), so if you use Ubuntu 6.10, you can use that package. I've also tested this package successfully on Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), so it seems you can use that package there, too.
To install the VirtualBox .deb package, please open a terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and become root:
Then install some prerequisites for VirtualBox:
Then go to the VirtualBox download page and pick the right .deb package for your Ubuntu version and download it to your system:
After the download has finished, you can install VirtualBox like this:
You might get asked the following questions:
Do you agree with the PUEL license terms? <-- Yes
Should the vboxdrv kernel module be compiled now? <-- Yes
That's it already. You can now find VirtualBox under Applications > System Tools:
2 Installing VirtualBox From The SourcesIf InnoTek's PUEL license doesn't work for you and you prefer the GPL and/or there's no .deb package for your Ubuntu version, you can compile VirtualBox from the sources. The sources are released under the GPL.
To install VirtualBox from the sources, please open a terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and become root:
svn co http://virtualbox.org/svn/vbox/trunk vbox
echo vboxdrv >> /etc/modules
cp -prf * /usr/local/virtualbox/
ln -s /usr/local/virtualbox/VirtualBox /usr/local/bin/VirtualBox
ln -s /usr/local/virtualbox/VBoxSVC /usr/local/bin/VBoxSVC
usermod -G vboxusers -a falko
chgrp vboxusers /dev/vboxdrv
[...] KERNEL=="vboxdrv", GROUP="vboxusers", MODE="0660"
In the window that opens please select System Tools and then click on New Item:
In the Create Launcher window, please fill in the following details:
- Type: Application
- Name: VirtualBox
- Command: VirtualBox (please take care about upper/lower case - this is a command, if you don't write it right, the application won't start)
- Comment: You can fill in anything you like or leave it blank.
VirtualBox should now be shown in the list of items for the System Tools menu. Click on Close to leave the window:
Afterwards, you can find VirtualBox under Applications > System Tools:
This is what it looks like when VirtualBox is started: