VirtualBox allow you to run any OS you want on your Linux or Windows Box. But of course, I will only be focused to use it on a Linux host !
It can help you to not use anymore windows by instance, by installing windows on a guest system. You would probably ask me why not use Xen instead ? To do that in Xen, you need a special CPU, I means :
to do this kind of virtualization, and as I don't have a recent enough cpu, I haven't got these technologie. And, I prefer to first use only open source software.
By the way, if you want more information about x86 virtualization, go here.
Installation of the software on a ubuntu 7.10 is really easy. I follow the step provided by the first links in external links.
I will put it again, if the links goes down, just in case of a disaster…
The package and commands that needs to be done are these one :
# sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose virtualbox-ose-source # sudo module-assistant prepare # sudo module-assistant update # sudo module-assistant unpack virtualbox-ose # sudo module-assistant auto-install virtualbox-ose
The next step is to check if the new module for virtualbox is properly installed, so :
# ls -l /dev/vboxdrv crw-rw---- 1 root vboxusers 10, 62 2008-05-17 17:44 /dev/vboxdrv
and if the group is not set to :
reload the module with these command :
# rmmod vboxdrv # modprobe vboxdrv
You can add yourself to set up any installation of a guest system with virtualbox :
# gpasswd -a `whoami` vboxusers
And finally, to get this modules be loaded each you boot your system, add it to these file :
with this command :
# echo "vboxdrv" | tee -a /etc/modules
Please now log out of your session, and log in again to get all theses changes working.