James Selvakumar’s Blog

February 23, 2008

Installing VirtualBox guest additions in OpenSuse

Filed under: unix-linux,virtualization — James @ 6:45 am
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I managed to install the VirtualBox guest additions for ubuntu without any problem. And as a result, I get some excellent features like “seamless mouse integration”, shared folder access etc, between my host (windows xp) and guest (ubuntu).

But when I tried to do the same for OpenSuse, I got into problem. I couldn’t run the VBoxLinuxAdditions.run from the terminal. I received an error messaage saying that “Please install GNU make, Please install GNU compiler”.

Then when I searched the web, I found this link quite useful.

As such, I executed this command in the OpenSuse terminal:

sudo zypper install gcc make automake autoconf kernel-source

It asked for my “root” password, and when i entered, it downloaded the necessary packages. (Though, i received an information that autoconf cannot be installed)

It took nearly 1 hour to download and install the necessary packages on my machine.

Then I ran the command:

sudo sh VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

after navigating to the appropriate “media” directory.

Then I was notified to restart the OS. And after that, I was able to use all the features I use with “ubuntu” as guest.

I also noticed that my OpenSuse resolution automatically increased to 1024×768 after installing the VirtualBox guest additions. (It was previously 800×600 only)

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February 19, 2008

OpenSuse 10.3 on VirtualBox

Filed under: unix-linux,virtualization — James @ 2:59 pm
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Impressed by ubuntu and being helped by VirtualBox, I decided to explore further into the linux world.

So I thought of installing openSuse 10.3 on my VirtualBox. I downloaded the gnome “live cd” (iso image) from opensuse.org. The download size was around 643 MB and it took quite some time to download the image.

Then I started VirtualBox and added a new empty virtual machine named “OpenSuse-10.3” along with the necessary virtual hard disk. I decided to give 8 GB and 512 MB RAM for opensuse.

Then i mounted the downloaded “iso” image to the virtual machines cd drive and started the empty virtual machine. So the open suse live cd booted (much like ubuntu live cd environment) and then i clicked the “install” icon on the live cd’s desktop.

To my surprise, the installation was very very fast and amazingly simple. I would say that my opensuse installation experience was better than what I experienced with ubuntu.

Though ubuntu installation is also quite easy and smooth, opensuse installation was like installing a normal windows application. Great work.

I had to make only very few configurations to proceed with the install and the installation took less than 15 minutes.

Then i unmounted the live cd from the virtual cd drive and then restarted the virtual machine.

Wow, opensuse booted up quite beautifully and now it asked for some minor configurations like username and password.

Great. My opensuse installation was completed in notime.

And did you know what was the first activity I did after installing it? Blogged about it.

Ya. I’m writing this blog from within the opensuse running on top of my VirtualBox.

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