Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Virtualbox 2.1

Following previous posts about installing Virtualbox, here's the 2.1 update (currently 2.1.2).

If you have 2.0 already installed you need to manually install the new version.


  • Go to System > Administration > Software Sources and Third-Party Software.
  • Add the following sources for Intrepid (check your distribution here)
  • Download and register Sun authentication key
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/sun_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
  • Be sure your source list is updated
$ sudo apt-get update
  • Be sure you have dkms installed (so Virtualbox host kernel is automatically updated as you update your system kernel)
$ sudo apt-get install dkms
  • Install Virtualbox 2.1
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.1
  • Logoff and login again

  • Start Virtualbox at Applications > System Tools > Sun xVM VirtualBox

  • If you have a Windows Virtual Machine don't forget to install the Guest Additions (after starting the virtual machine go to Devices > Install Guest Additions).

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