VirtualBox is an open-source application that allows you to run multiple guest operating systems inside of your host (in this case Ubuntu is your host system). If you are more used to windows then a comparable applications on Windows would be Virtual PC or VMware although VirtualBox does run on Windows as-well. You can get started with installing VirtualBox on Ubuntu with the following steps.
Open a brand new terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T and run the command sudo su this will make you run as root in the terminal. You can return to your old session by running the command exit when you are done installing. Then after you have done this you can add the repository with the following commands.
echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Now that you added the repository you will also need to update your available packages list by running the following command. (This should only take about 30 seconds.)
The last thing you will need to do in-order to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu is running the following command, this will download and install it for you from the repository you just added.
apt-get install virtualbox
I hope this tutorial has helped you get VirtualBox running on Ubuntu 12.10, there are more posts on the way so please don’t forget to share/like/plus one!
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