Comments on: VirtualBox OSE on Debian/Ubuntu Linux Linux. GNU. Freedom. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:06:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: ghost Thu, 31 Jul 2008 04:40:04 +0000 If I remember right the OSE version does not have usb devices. You need to install the regular version.

By: Anith Thu, 07 Feb 2008 11:27:23 +0000 yep...

Here the trick to make Vbox fullscreen and to get all features working...

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions

The Guest Additions package installs some add-ons into the Guest OS. The most noticeable of these is Mouse Integration which allows the mouse to function without the need to ‘lock’ it into the VM. I also believe that the Guest Additions install special display drivers. This is important if you want your VirtualBox to run in higher resolutions. I pulled these instructions from the official VirtualBox documentation. It’s a PDF. I don’t know why. They also want you to run the script with sh but why bother?

In the Guest window, that is, the window that is displaying your Guest OS, do Devices -> Install Guest Additions. VirtualBox will prompt you to download the .iso if you haven’t already. After the download finishes you will be prompted to mount the ISO in your VM. Say yes. Run this on the command line of the Guest OS.

sudo /media/cdrom0/

The VirtualBox documentation says you can choose which drivers you want to install. If you’re interested in this take a look at sudo /media/cdrom0/ help

I shut down the Guest OS and took a snapshot at this point. I planned on fiddling with Xorg configurations next and it is much easier to load up a VM snapshot than it is to restore a backup xorg.conf.
Change the VirtualBox Resolution

After my Ubuntu install, Xorg was configured to only support 800×600. This was way too small for me. My main machine is a widescreen laptop running at 1680×1050. I want two options.

* 1024×768 for running VirtualBox windowed
* 1680×1050 for running VirtualBox fullscreen

The VirtualBox documentation has the following to say about running higher resolutions in your VM (page 50 if you’re curious)

VirtualBox can use any default X graphics mode which fits into the virtual video memory allocated to the virtual machine, as described in chapter 3.7.1, General settings, page 37. You can also add your own modes to the X server configuration file. You simply need to add them to the “Modes” list in the “Display” subsection of the “Screen” section.

In your Guest OS, edit your xorg.conf file by running sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Here is what I ended up with.

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Modes "1680x1050" "1024x768" "800x600"

I rebooted to make sure things worked. I then shut down the Guest OS and took another snapshot.

I am not an Xorg expert. I found if I listed 1680×1050 first Ubuntu’s login screen would be 1680×1050. After logging into my user account I was able to do System -> Preferences -> Screen Resolution and change to 1024×768 without problems. If instead I listed 1024×768 first Ubuntu’s login screen would be 1024×768. After logging in if I attempted to change the Screen Resolution to 1680×1050 (I believe) the horizontal sync would be set incorrectly. By this I mean I couldn’t see jack. I tried figuring out a way to have the default be 1024×768 with the option of switching to 1680×1050, but after an hour of tweaking I gave up. If you are more familiar with Xorg and know what I’m doing wrong, please leave a comment.

* The Ubuntu install DVD decided that the VM’s max resolution should be 800×600. This, hilariously, is too small to click on the Forward and Ok buttons in the install wizard. I had to figure out that Alt-F went forward in the dialogs. The final dialog needed an Enter to start the install.
* As of this writing, the version of VirtualBox that is installed by virtualbox-ose is 1.5.0.

$ dpkg-query --show virtualbox-ose
virtualbox-ose 1.5.0-dfsg2-1ubuntu3

It looks like the Ubuntu guys are currently working on getting a VirtualBox 1.5.4 package up. I suppose if you really wanted to, you could install VirtualBox 1.5.4 from source. I found this guide to install from source, but didn’t bother with it.
* I still need to figure out how VirtualBox network bridging works. My VM does have net access because it is able to download packages from online repositories with apt-get. At the same time I couldn’t do something simple like ping my web server. Apparently this is expected. Page 58 of the VirtualBox documentation says: Please note that the ping utility does not work over NAT. There is another option, host interface networking, that might give me more control over the VM’s networking.



By: O.S. Revolution » VirtualBox OSE in Debian Sid - installazione Sun, 23 Dec 2007 14:30:42 +0000 [...] di Ubuntu Gutsy possono usare la stessa procedura descritta qui come evidenzia in questo post Aaron Toponce. Tags:Debian, Linux, Macchine, OpenSource, OS, Virtualbox, [...]

By: Elmar Zeeb Wed, 24 Oct 2007 11:18:56 +0000 if you remove the

       pre-up /sbin/ifconfig tap0 up

and the

        post-down /sbin/ifconfig tap0 down

lines and do a
sudo /sbin/ifconfig tap0 up
before and a
sudo /sbin/ifconfig tap0 down
after starting the virtual machine, its working. This could also be done in a more automated way but its working!


By: Elmar Zeeb Tue, 23 Oct 2007 15:45:12 +0000 I'm running virtual box with bridged networking partially working.

this is the corresponding part of my /etc/network/interfaces:

iface eth0 inet dhcp
        pre-up /sbin/ifconfig eth0br down
        pre-up /usr/sbin/brctl addbr eth0
        pre-up /usr/sbin/brctl setfd eth0 1
        pre-up /usr/sbin/brctl addif eth0 eth0br
        pre-up /sbin/ifconfig eth0 up
        pre-up /usr/sbin/tunctl -t tap0 -u elmex
        pre-up /usr/sbin/brctl addif eth0 tap0
        pre-up /sbin/ifconfig tap0 up
        pre-up /sbin/ifconfig eth0br up
        post-down /sbin/ifconfig tap0 down
        post-down /sbin/ifconfig eth0 down
        post-down /sbin/ifconfig eth0br down
        post-down /usr/sbin/brctl delif eth0 eth0br
        post-down /usr/sbin/brctl delif eth0 tap0
        post-down /usr/sbin/brctl delbr eth0
        post-down /usr/sbin/tunctl -d tap0

i also renamed the eth0 device to eth0br so the bridge can be named eth0.

In feisty this can be done in /etc/iftab in gutsy in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

this worked without problems in feisty but was broken after a update about 3 weeks ago or so. the same problem with gutsy. It only works one time (after reboot). There must be some problems with access rights of the tap or tun device.


By: Karl Bowden Mon, 08 Oct 2007 08:16:10 +0000 Hey Aaron,
parprouted is what you need for easy network bridging.
It is very usefull on laptops where you want to bridge a virtual machine that you want to answer pings on a wireless interface.
I'll have to start working on a parprouted guide. Dont know where to put the guide once i finish it though.

By: estama Sun, 07 Oct 2007 00:26:40 +0000 -About the not being able to up the resolution in the guest. Do the math res_x*res_y*bytes_per_pixel and change the virtual Graphic Card's memory to something larger than that.
-About the bridging. I don't like bridging. What i do is to redirect the ports i want from the host to the guest (while in NAT mode). Download the manual and see how it is done.

By: Aaron Sat, 06 Oct 2007 19:17:03 +0000 @Paul- Currently, it's only in Debian Sid. It hasn't reached testing or stable yet.

@Shane- I'll keep my readers posted if I make any progress on that.

@Derek- USB, apparently, is only supported in the PUEL version, which is rather unfortunate. I can't mount block devices via USB, but plugging in USB input devices, such as keyboards and mice seem to work fine. Hopefully, they will remove this cripple-ware from the OSE.

By: Shane Par-Due Sat, 06 Oct 2007 18:03:57 +0000 Derek, even on the puel version, my windows mobile phone wouldn't authenticate with vista's mobile device utility. It would show it as a connected usb device and even installed the drivers just fine, but it couldn't sync.

Good luck! hehe

By: Derek Buranen Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:56:17 +0000 Did you get USB support to work? I don't think it's in the -ose version, but in the puel version. I had it working in Feisty days with 1.4, but 1.5 and gutsy don't seem to like the USB. Just curious if you've had experience. (My windows mobile phone is dying for USB support)

By: Shane Par-Due Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:54:12 +0000 I have really enjoyed using Virtualbox as well, but like you..I ran into the bridged network issue. If I could get that resolved, I would have no need for VMware Server anymore!

By: Paul Cartwright Sat, 06 Oct 2007 17:20:39 +0000 didn't work for me, running Debian Etch:
# sudo aptitude install virtualbox-ose virtualbox-ose-source module-assistant
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states... Done
Reading task descriptions... Done
Building tag database... Done
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "virtualbox-ose"
Couldn't find any package whose name or description matched "virtualbox-ose-source"
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 0B will be used.
Writing extended state information... Done

By: cpradio Sat, 06 Oct 2007 15:34:53 +0000 I am in the same situation and settled on VMWare as I could then run it as a server on a spare machine and use VMWare Server Console on my other machines to connect to the Server from anywhere.

If Virtual Box has that solution, I missed it and need to give it another try, but without being able to remotely connect to my Virtual Machine, it just doesn't fit my needs.

Have you had any such luck with Virtual Box to get it to act like a Virtual Server?