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linuxishard 07-17-2010 06:41 PM

Safe VirtualBox Download?
 
Ok so i went to create a windows XP in my virtualbox and this pops up

Please install the virtualbox-ose-dkms package and execute 'modprobe vboxdrv' as root.

is this a safe download? its never asked me too do this before.

frankbell 07-17-2010 07:12 PM

Seems to be.

http://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox

linuxishard 07-17-2010 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frankbell (Post 4036678)

thanks, im always very paranoid when it says run as root. i don't know why.

win32sux 07-17-2010 07:33 PM

What VirtualBox package are you using? Keep in mind that the OSE included in Ubuntu's repositories isn't really supported/maintained, so if you're looking to receive security updates and the like you'll need to look somewhere else. The PUEL edition from the VirtualBox repositories might be a good option, and all you need to do before installing it is:
Code:

sudo apt-get install dkms
...but if you want things to be strictly open source then the OSE tarball provided by Oracle would be your best bet IMO.

linuxishard 07-17-2010 08:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by win32sux (Post 4036693)
What VirtualBox package are you using? Keep in mind that the OSE included in Ubuntu's repositories isn't really supported/maintained, so if you're looking to receive security updates and the like you'll need to look somewhere else. The PUEL edition from the VirtualBox repositories might be a good option, and all you need to do before installing it is:
Code:

sudo apt-get install dkms
...but if you want things to be strictly open source then the OSE tarball provided by Oracle would be your best bet IMO.

i believe i am using VirtualBox OSE 3.1.6, is this a bad version?

rsciw 07-17-2010 09:45 PM

it's an old version.
The current version is 3.2.6, recommended to update.

Virtualbox offers repository addresses, so you can add their ubuntu repo address to your /etc/apt/sources.list, install
newest virtualbox puel version (or OSE if you wish) and always be up to date.

vboxdrv is a needed item for a linux host. No need to run it as root, sudo is sufficient enough for that task

linuxishard 07-17-2010 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rsciw (Post 4036745)
it's an old version.
The current version is 3.2.6, recommended to update.

Virtualbox offers repository addresses, so you can add their ubuntu repo address to your /etc/apt/sources.list, install
newest virtualbox puel version (or OSE if you wish) and always be up to date.

vboxdrv is a needed item for a linux host. No need to run it as root, sudo is sufficient enough for that task

i do have a question about virtualbox itself, when running say..... windows xp in virtualbox, do your usb ports go into virtualbox as well, can you use them in virtualbox? did that make any sense?

AlucardZero 07-17-2010 10:22 PM

the OSE version does not include USB support.

linuxishard 07-17-2010 10:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlucardZero (Post 4036761)
the OSE version does not include USB support.

i am downloading the non OSE version that rsciw recomended as we speak, does it support usb?

AlucardZero 07-17-2010 11:11 PM

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Editions

linuxishard 07-17-2010 11:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AlucardZero (Post 4036789)

[B]Sweet[B/] thanks man!


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