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howto : install Virtualbox on suse / FC / centos


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What is VirtualBox

InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86

products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is
VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise
customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as
Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL). See "About
" for an introduction; see "InnoTek"
for more about our company.

>>READ FIST << >> The VirtualBox binaries are available
free of charge for personal and evaluation use. By downloading from the below
links, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth by the
Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL)
. <<

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Home Page << >>
User Manual <<

just a personal note

I found the VirtualBox to be like Vmware workstation

so if you how know to use that you will be right at home with VirtualBox


onto the hit list of what we need

what we need

-> VirtualBox :: about
10 MB

-> and test CD / ISO file (something small and easy and
light to install )

-> 5 GB of hdd space

-> root user access

-> 300 MB of free memory

-> about 45mins

-> some nice music to listen to ( if you like :) )

-> kernel source / devel files

-> User Manual :: about 2.1 mb

tested on

-> FC 6 32 bit

-> CentOS

-> RedHat (should work on this because the Centos and Fedora
are based on RedHat)

-> Opensuse ver 10.2 (32bit)

step 01


** this is copied from there man file **

*** edited down for what we need and how to do it **

Installing on Linux hosts



SDL1.2.7orhigher(this graphics library is typically called libsdl or similar).

step 02

download a copy of Virutal Box

** if you downloaded this on your non-linux pc than copy it over to the linux pc
via winscp or samba

than open up an terminal windows

type the path where you downloaded / copy the file to


cd /home/zcworld/desktop

su <enter>


sh VirtualBox_1.3.2_Linux_x86.run install /opt/innotek/VirutalBox

it may take 2 to 5 mins to install :)

so its a good time to get a drink

step 03

we need to add our username to the vboxgroup

to be able to run the program or we going to get errors that are going to cook
your noodle

Fedora / CentOS ? ( look down )

OpenSuse ? (click me)

In Fedora / Centos we do this

centos : go to the Applications menu than system settings and do the rest :)

go to system -> admin tools -> users / groups

double click on the users than go to the groups tab find "vboxusers'
click ok .. log out and than back in


way to add users to the group for the VirtualBox to run

log in as root users

than type

yast <enter>

go down to security and user pick group managerment from the list <enter>

pick from the list the vboxusers group than push ALT + I

than ALT + M than pick the members users you want to be able to run the
VirtualBox program

by pushing the spacebar key on the user name than up or down arrow to find
another user

once done that than push ALT +A

than ALT + F than ALT Q

if user log in on desktop than log out and relog in

step 04

Fedora / Centos ? (look down )

opensuse ? (click me)

after its install

im on an FC 6 / Gnome desktop

application - > system tools - > VirtualBox

click on new


click on the computer icon than more applications

than the InnoTek VirutalBox should be at the top of the list under new

( if you want it in the start menu , right click than add to Favourites or
drag onto desktop)

step 05

Click Next

step 06

pick an name and the OS type

step 07

pick the memory for the Virtual Machine

step 08

Settings up an Hard Drive image for the Virtual Machine :)

click on new

step 09

click next

step 10

pick the type of hard drive image you are winning

read the page when its comes up for what each one does :)

than click next

step 11

pick the size of the drive you are wanting


step 12

click on finish if you are happy with the hard drive info there

if not click back and change it

step 13

we are back at the Virtual Machine settings

click on next

step 14

click on finish .... to save the settings :)

this is what we should get like

ok time to change some of the settings

so we click on settings

than change what we want to change when finished click ok

we picked here the /dev/cdrom drive to boot from


the place where an ISO file is to load from

than we click on ok

we got all of our changes taken place here

click start to run the Virtual Machine

that's it :)


to get out of the Virtualbox windows push the right ctrl key once and you
will get your mouse pointer back :)

if you having problem starting up the Virtualbox if your normal account

do this

make an new account -> and add it to the the vboxusers

log into that account and try again

see if thats works

if not have a look at the User Manual

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