VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2

What is VirtualBox?

InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction; see "InnoTek" for more about our company.

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Just a personal note: I found the VirtualBox  to be like VMware workstation so if you how know to use that you will be right at home with VirtualBox.

Right. Onto the hit list of what we need.

What We Need

  • VirtualBox  ::   about 10 MB
  • and test CD  / ISO file (something small and easy and light to install)
  • 5 GB of hdd space
  • root user access
  • 300 MB of free memory
  • about 45mins
  • some nice music to listen to ( if you like :))
  • kernel source / devel files
  • User Manual :: about 2.1 mb

Tested on:

  • FC 6 32 bit
  • CentOS
  • RedHat (should work on this because the CentOS and Fedora are based on RedHat)
  • OpenSuSE ver 10.2 (32bit)


Step 01

Installing on Linux hosts

Qt3.3.5 or higher;
SDL1.2.7 or higher (this graphics library is typically called libsdl or similar).

So make sure you got them installed. I did by default so I guess you should as well.

We need to install the kernel source / devel files for your OS. If you are on OpenSuSE, use yast to install them. For Fedora/CentOS try the package manager to find and install them.


Step 02

Download a copy of VirtualBox.

** If you downloaded this to your non-Linux PC then copy it over to the Linux PC via WinSCP or Samba.

Then open up a terminal window.

Type the path where you downloaded / copied the file to - like:

cd /home/zcworld/desktop
sh install /opt/innotek/VirutalBox

It may take 2 to 5 mins to install. :) So its a good time to get a drink. 

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