Monday, May 30, 2011

VirtualBox on Fedora 15

This is what I did to install Oracle VM VirtualBox on a new Fedora 15 installation.


The documentation at the bottom of download page VirtualBox for Linux gives you the repos-file for yum on Fedora. Find the repos-file and save it to /etc/yum.repos.d/virtualbox.repo, it should look like this:


[virtualbox]
name=Fedora $releasever - $basearch - VirtualBox
baseurl=http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/fedora/$releasever/$basearch
enabled=1
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc


Then you can search for VirtualBox:

[root@favela ~]# yum search VirtualBox
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
=========================== N/S Matched: VirtualBox ============================
VirtualBox-4.0.x86_64 : Oracle VM VirtualBox

Name and summary matches only, use "search all" for everything.


To install:

yum install VirtualBox-4.0.x86_64


Users need to be included in the OS group vboxusers before they can run it:


usermod -a -G vboxusers oisene


VirtualBox is now ready to run from menu.

In fact this was not what I did first time, because I didn't read the fine manual to the end. I download it from here and installed the missing packages something like this:


yum install qt qt-x11 SDL
yum install kernel-headers-$(uname -r) kernel-devel-$(uname -r)
yum install binutils gcc patch glibc-headers glibc-devel
yum install dkms
rpm -ip /home/oisene/Downloads/VirtualBox-4.0-4.0.8_71778_fedora15-1.x86_64.rpm


Without the dkms package VirtualBox will run, but it is recommended to ensure VirtualBox host kernel modules will be update during next kernel update.

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