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Installing VirtualBox on openSUSE 11.2


By now, everyone has heard the hot phrase “Virtualization”. But did you know, there is more then just VMware in the Desktop Virtualization arena? Although VMware has a major advantage and whose name is most widely used, there is one very mature product owned by Sun Microsystems that I tend to gravitate to, because not only is it free, but they have a full open source version.

Without further ado, I introduce you to VirtualBox. Here’s a quick descriptoin of VirtualBox from the projects home page

VirtualBox  is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product 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 General Public License (GPL)

Are you running openSUSE 11.2? Well, you’re in luck since the goal of this blog entry is to show you how to easily install it.

First you can add the Virtualization Build Service (which holds the most recent VirtualBox versions). This can be added with:

sudo su -c ‘zypper ar -f openSUSE\ 11.2\ VirtualBox’


Once you run the above command, you’ll be given confirmation that it was added, similar to the following:

sudo su -c ‘zypper ar -f openSUSE\ 11.2\ VirtualBox’ root’s password: Adding repository ‘openSUSE 11.2 VirtualBox’ [done] Repository ‘openSUSE 11.2 VirtualBox’ successfully added Enabled: Yes Autorefresh: Yes URI:


Next you can install virtualbox-ose using zypper by doing:

sudo su -c ‘zypper in -y virtualbox-ose’


Once installed you’ll need to add your user to the vboxusers group, which can be done using:

sudo su -c ‘usermod -G vboxusers‘

Note: You’ll have to log off, then log back on for the group memebership to take affect.


Once you log back on, you will be able to use VirtualBox to create new VM’s, open existing VirtualBox VM’s, or do whatever your heart desires within the capabilities of VirtualBox

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