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Friday, December 24, 2010

Virtual Box version 4 released

Virtualbox version 4 's been released:

Note: VirtualBox has been moved from non-free to contrib with 4.0, so please adjust your repository settings.
Add one of the following lines according to your distribution to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian jaunty contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian intrepid contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian etch contrib

The Oracle public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with
sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc

or combine downloading and registering: 
sudo wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

The key fingerprint is
7B0F AB3A 13B9 0743 5925  D9C9 5442 2A4B 98AB 5139
 
Oracle Corporation (VirtualBox archive signing key) 

(As of VirtualBox 3.2, the signing key was changed. The old Sun public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here.)

To install VirtualBox, do
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0
Replace virtualbox-4.0 by
  • virtualbox-3.2 to install VirtualBox 3.2.12
  • virtualbox-3.1 to install VirtualBox 3.1.8
  • virtualbox-3.0 to install VirtualBox 3.0.14
  • virtualbox-2.2 to install VirtualBox 2.2.4
  • virtualbox-2.1 to install VirtualBox 2.1.4
  • virtualbox-2.0 to install VirtualBox 2.0.12
  • virtualbox to install VirtualBox 1.6.6
Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:
sudo apt-get install dkms
What to do when experiencing The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG ... when refreshing the packages from the repository?
# sudo -s -H
# apt-get clean
# rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*
# rm /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/*
# apt-get clean
# apt-get update
 
Indicator-Virtualbox offers a quick way to launch virtual machines via the desktop panel.

Indicator virtualbox for Ubuntu
The applet, created by astrapi, sits in your panel and, on opening, lists all the virtual machines configured in Virtualbox. Selecting an entry launches the machine without the need to call the main virtualbox window.

Download

The Indicator can be installed from astrapi‘s PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox
To launch press ALT + F2 (or use Synapse) and type: -
indicator-virtualbox
 

1 comment:

TAG said...

nice. thanks.

Trying to hit the repository though this evening, I get "W: Failed to fetch http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/pool/contrib/v/virtualbox-4.0/virtualbox-4.0_4.0.0-69151~Ubuntu~lucid_amd64.deb"

And the download hangs from terminal as well.

Thanks for the heads up on the little indicator.

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