VirtualBox is free open source virtualization utility to run another (or similar)Â operating system on top our current operating system. In this case, I may run another copies of openSUSE, Windows or another Linux distro on my openSUSE box.
What is the advantage of VirtualBox beside another virtualization utility such as VmWare, MS Virtual PC or Xen? VirtualBox is free and open source, although the open source version has less feature than the binary version, e.g : USB support. VirtualBox available onÂ various edition and easy to configured. The OSE (Open Source Edition) included on default openSUSE 11.1 DVD. It’s free and open source. The binary version without source code is free for personal usage and can be downloaded at VirtualBox website.
You may install VirtualBox with 3 different way. The first one is by installing the OSE version from openSUSE DVD Install. Another way is by installing binary version on RPM format, by download the proper version on VirtualBox website. The last one is by download and installing binary version of multi installer format. This is a run-executable file.
Beware that you may not used both of them on same machine. You must choose whether used the OSE or binary format. If you wish to install the binary, you must remove the OSE version.
In this scenario, I’m using the latest version (currently), VirtualBox ver 2.1.0
USING OSE VERSION
- Install virtualbox-ose from YAST or by using zypper :
zypper in virtualbox-ose
USING RPM VERSION
- Download VirtualBox binary RPM. Choose binary RPM for openSUSE 11.1.
rpm -ivh VirtualBox-2.1.0_41146_openSUSE111-1.i586.rpm
USING MULTIPLE INSTALLER VERSION
- Download VirtualBox Multiple Installer. Choose Binary for All Distribution.
chmod +x VirtualBox-2.1.0-41146-Linux_x86.run
Verifying archive integrity… All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox for Linux installation……..
VirtualBox Version 2.1.0 (2009-01-08T20:30:27Z) installer
Installing VirtualBox to /opt/VirtualBox-2.1.0
Building the VirtualBox kernel module
VirtualBox has been installed successfully.
You will find useful information about using VirtualBox in the user manual
and in the user FAQ
We hope that you enjoy using VirtualBox.
- Add your user name into vboxusers group. Open Yast | Security and User | User Management. Choose your logon user name, Edit. Navigate into detail tab and mark the vboxusers or do it with konsole :[code language=’cpp’]groupmod –add-user vavai vboxusers[/code]
Please remember the user name and the Group ID (GID) from vboxuser. We will use this later
- Activating USB Support IF ONLY USED BINARY VERSION. You won’t be able to activating this with OSE version.
Edit /etc/fstab, and add this into last row :
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=XXX, devmode=664 0 0
ReplaceÂ XXX with the GID as describe above.
- Run VirtualBox from Kick Off Menu | System | VirtualBox or use search menu
- Click I Agree for license agreement (Scroll Down if the button is disabled. You must read the license carefully for your reference)
- Fill in user name and email address for registration
- VirtualBox will display the main windows
We will discussed Part II : Using VirtualBox. Let’s wait for a day or two 🙂