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Installing VirtualBox 2.0.2 for Fedora 9



Download VirtualBox from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads. You'll need the Fedora 9 Sulphur version. The file I downloaded is VirtualBox-2.0.2_36488_fedora9-1.i386.rpm. You'll also need to install some of the base Fedora development tools to successfully install VirtualBox. If you try to install without them you will receive errors. Let's get the necessary base tools installed. Open a terminal and log in as root or use the sudo command. Type

sudo yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'

and

sudo yum install qt qt-x11 SDL kernel-devel


Once the above requirements are met you can install VirtualBox

 sudo rpm -ivh VirtualBox-2.0.2_36488_fedora9-1.i386.rpm
 Password: 
 Preparing...                ########################################### [100%]
   1:VirtualBox             ########################################### [100%]
 chcon: can't apply partial context to unlabeled file `/usr/lib/virtualbox/VirtualBox'
 chcon: can't apply partial context to unlabeled file `/usr/lib/virtualbox/VBoxSDL'
 chcon: can't apply partial context to unlabeled file `/usr/lib/virtualbox/VBoxHeadless'
 chcon: can't apply partial context to unlabeled file `/usr/lib/virtualbox/vboxwebsrv'

 Creating group 'vboxusers'. VM users must be member of that group!

 No precompiled module for this kernel found -- trying to build one. Messages
 emitted during module compilation will be logged to /var/log/vbox-install.log.

 Success!

VirtualBox is installed. Before you use VirtualBox you need to add yourself to the vboxusers group.

sudo /usr/sbin/usermod -G vboxusers -a glenn

Obviously you need to substitute my name for your username. Now you're ready to try VirtualBox. You can find the launcher under Applications > System Tools > Sun xVM VirtualBox.


Something to keep in mind is that any time there is a kernel update for your Fedora 9 system you will need to rebuild the VirtualBox kernel module and you may see an error when the system boots related to the ability of the system to start VirtualBox. To rebuild the kernel module, simply issue the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Once the command completes you will be able to use VirtualBox as usual.


GlennJohnson 12:58, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

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