Virtualbox

Monday, Sep 4, 2017
Linux tool

I recently installed a new Linux machine for a colleague. He used Virtualbox and I wanted to install it for him on his new machine, too.

The obvious way would have been this:

apt install virtualbox

Along with some optional packages for X11, guest tools and so on.

The install wanted to remove ubuntu-desktop which I think is unwanted for this use case. I switched to using the repository provided by Virtualbox itself:

The steps I used were:

Create /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial contrib

Installation is easy then:

apt update
# To ensure the required kernel modules are built on kernel updates
# usually already installed
apt install dkms
apt install virtualbox-5.1