Virtual Box

Another desktop virtualization method available with openSUSE is VirtualBox. This is similar in many ways to both VMware and QEMU, and shares some technology with QEMU. It was developed by the German company innotek AG.

The version of VirtualBox in the openSUSE distribution has been packaged from the open source edition that is licensed under the GPL.

VirtualBox comes as an RPM package, but requires a kernel module that is distributed as a separate KMP (similar to the QEMU accelerator module).

If you are using the -default version of the kernel, you need the package virtualbox-kmp -default.

To run VirtualBox, you (as root) then need to insert the module into the kernel:

[email protected] /root # modprobe vboxdrv

This provides a device /dev/vboxdrv. As with QEMU, you may need to change the permissions on this device file if you want to run VirtualBox as a non-root user.

Then you can just type VirtualBox and the graphical interface will appear as shown in Figure 28-12. It has obvious similarities to VMware's interface, and can be used in much the same way.

FIGURE 28-12

Creating a new virtual machine with VirtualBox

FIGURE 28-12

Creating a new virtual machine with VirtualBox

You can install an operating system from a physical CD or an ISO image. Like VMware, Virtual-Box creates a virtual hard disk for you, so you do not need to do this in advance as you do with QEMU.

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