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:

name=Fedora $releasever - $basearch - VirtualBox

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.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I have made a few changes to my blog... think I want to blog again.

So far this year in a few words; new job at Keystep - smart move, if you try two years in the wrong company it is time to move on; met quite a few smart oracle folks at the yearly conference of Oracle User Group Norway - got elected as a board member; met more smart guys at Miracle Open World in Denmark the week after. And been thinking about moving back to Brazil quite a lot lately.