virtualbox opensuse

Update 4 April 2013 Tested & working in openSUSE 12.3

Introduction You can install the fully open source version or the Sun/Oracle version. The latter (Sun/Oracle) is significantly better IMHO. I only talk about the Sun/Oracle version here.

Install the Oracle VirtualBox RPM Add this repo, it contains the Oracle VirtualBox RPM and it will supply updates over time. It is currently the correct repo for openSUSE 11.4, 12.1, 12,2, 12.3 and Tumbleweed

Oracle VirtualBox openSUSE

Important, read carefully: You will have a series of possible RPMs available in the package management GUI in Yast. Be very sure to install only the Oracle VirtualBox RPM, not the oss virtualbox RPM. GoTo Yast –> Software –> Software management and select the Oracle RPM. If dependency linkages attempt to install additional packages beginning virtualbox-guest or virtualbox-host kernel modules, then you have made a mistake. Install only the single RPM “VirtualBox”. Make sure you choose the latest version in the repo.

Additional RPMs You will also need these RPMs: kernel-devel, gcc, make. Install them in yast or run this zypper command (as root)

zypper in gcc make kernel-devel

Add your username to the vboxusers group VirtualBox permissions will not work properly until you do this. GoTo Yast –> Security and Users –> User and group management. Highlight and Edit you username. Select the Details tab and tick the box to add yourself to “vboxusers”. Then reboot to activate the changes.

Next: the Extension Pack This pack provides additiopnal functionality like USB and RDP support. GoTo the VirtualBox dot org download site and click the link for the Extension Pack. NB be sure to select the extension pack with the same version as your installed version of VirtualBox! Download the pack, a file with a name like Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.0.14-74382.vbox-extpack. Download the pack, then browse to it and click it with the mouse. That will cause it to be installed (provided the VirtualBox RPM has been installed first).

Each time you upgrade the VirtualBox RPM, you will have to go back to the Extension Pack download page and acquire and install the new Extension Pack to match the version number of the upgraded RPM.

Where’s the GUI? In KDE GoTo Kicker –> Applications –> System –> Virtual Machine (Oracle VM VirtualBox).

After a Kernel Upgrade in the openSUSE Host This is arguably a part of the installation of VirtualBox. When you have a kernel upgrade, after you reboot, you must run this command as root to recompile the kernel modules:

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

If USB support fails: If the Guest VM does not detect USB devices, or if they are detected but “grayed” out in the menu bar, check that you added your username to the vboxusers group. Check that the file xx-vboxdrv.rules exists in the directory /etc/udev/rules.d/

That’s all folks. I only wanted to talk about the installation, which can be a bit tricky in the detail.

[PS: Tumbleweed only: if you’re a Tumbleweeder you might occasionally install an upgrade of the VirtualBox RPM with “zypper dup”. Just check that the earlier version of the RPM has uninstalled. Run “rpm -qa | grep VirtualBox” and make sure the earlier one has gone.]

Whatabout VM Tools??… try VirtualBox guest additions in the device menu of the machine itself. Link follows, will translate to CLI when time permits, link.



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