Virtualbox is a virtualization tool. Virtualbox supports different operating system families and operating systems like Windows, Windows Server, Linux, Kali, Mint, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Solaris, OS X, etc. Virtualbox is a free and opensource project. It can get without any fee or payment. But Oracle mainly supports the development of the Virtualbox.
Virtualbox provides a lot of features of popular virtualization technology Vmware. It supports 3D graphics which is very useful for GUI based virtualization. Virtualbox also used headless which means without opening GUI. Virtualbox is mainly used by desktop users. It generally not well suited to enterprise environments. Because there are some performance bottle if multiple virtual machines are running on the same system. Also, enterprise environments need more scale-able, API supported virtualization technologies like Vmware, Linux KVM, Hyper-V.
The following page provides the Virtualbox installation application download. Select according to your system and version below.
Alternatively, download can be done with a command-line interface with the
wget like below. Keep in mind the link can be changed after some time.
$ wget "http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/5.1.14/virtualbox-5.1_5.1.14-112924~Ubuntu~yakkety_am d64.deb"
Our host system is
Ubuntu 16.10 . Our system information can get with the following command.
$ cat /etc/lsb-release
We have chosen
virtualbox-5.1_5.1.14-112924~Ubuntu~yakkety_amd64.deb because the latest and similar version to our host system is this.
Installation is very easy. Easier than Windows application. Just run
dpkg command like below for installation. This will automatically unpack files in the downloaded package and install them and then will arrange the required services. Installing requires root privileges. Root privileges can be provided with the
$ sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-5.1_5.1.14-112924~Ubuntu~yakkety_amd64.deb
After installation is completed without any errors. Virtualbox can be started in different ways. One of them is calling
We can start VirtualBox from the system menu. This menu can be changed for different desktop environments. In this example we use KDE.