Thursday, April 9, 2009

Virtualbox 2.2

Following previous posts about installing Virtualbox, here's the 2.2 update (currently 2.2.0).

If you have a previous version already installed you need to manually install the new one.

The most exciting addition is 3D acceleration for Linux guests, ie, Compiz. Yes sir :-)

Install

  • 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 2.2
$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.2
  • 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).