Thursday, December 9, 2010

How to install VirtualBox 4 beta on Ubuntu

It is obvious that at some point virtualbox will be in the repositories for all distros, but meanwhile let's see how to install the beta of VirtualBox, just out in ubuntu.

Virtualbox 4 News
  • Audio support for HD Audio Intel boards
  • The windows Aditions Guest is automatically update the virtualbox update
  • Support for more than 2GB of RAM in 32-bit hosts
  • Limiting the CPU allocated to virtual machines
  • Interface Changes
  • Support for copying files from the host to virtual machines
  • And the separation of functions in external packages
All very nice, many corrections and bug fixes but the latest has not liked anyone, basically what has been done is to separate or "remove" functions virtualbox to put them in separate packages. Oracle did not give reasons why you did this but we all know why right? These packages can be separated eg the functionality of USB support, RDP server, and many others sure are then separated.

Install VirtualBox 4 on Ubuntu

Remember: it's beta, is for testing only, not for use in production.

The first thing to do is to uninstall the old versions of virtualbox with the following command:

  • sudo apt-get remove virtualbox
They should then download the package for your pc: 32bit or 64bits. If you want the packages for other distributions may look here.

Also, if you are installing on a 32bit system must also install a package more, so:
  • sudo apt-get install libstdc++5
After installing virtualbox must also install the extension package, for now there is only one and down from here. It installs simply doubleclick.
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