Windows virtual machine on linux help

marbux marbux at
Mon Jun 28 20:16:40 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM, Kristoffer Gustafsson
<kg84 at> wrote:
> Hi.
> Ok, now I've read some documentation and I am planning to try it.
> but I can't find any package for debian squeeze I'm running at the moment.
> Do you think I can take the packages for lenny?

Don't run pure Debian so don't know. But I'd say it's worth a try. You
can always purge Virtual Box from the system if it doesn't work. But
if you encounter dependency issues when installing, I'd advise getting
better advice than I can offer before trying to force the

> Also, as a blind user, can I install guest editions by myself in any way?

I'm sighted so don't know for sure. I have seen others on this list
discussing Virtual Box usage, so I suspect you can.

After installing both virtual box and the OS, boot the virtual OS.
When it's running, push Right Control+D. (The Right Control key is the
default "Host" key that is used in combination with other keys to
perform various actions involving the host operating system.)

That combination launches a dialog to select and install the guest
additions for the guest operating system.

The guest additions are installed by the Virtual Box installer as ISO
images for each major operating system supported. I.e., if  your guest
OS is Windows, then select the Windows Guest Additions ISO. Then tab
to the control for proceeding to the next step.

After the guest additions are installed, you have a bunch more
configuration options.

Best regards,


> /Kristoffer
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "marbux" <marbux at>
> To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
> Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 6:41 PM
> Subject: Re: Windows virtual machine on linux help
>> On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 7:38 AM, Kristoffer Gustafsson
>> <kg84 at> wrote:
>>> Hi.
>>> I'm planning too to try windows on virtualbox.
>> Using Virtual Box, I've got Windows 7 64-bit running as a virtual
>> guest on a Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit host for purposes of testing software I
>> help develop. The machine itself is pretty fast and everything happens
>> quickly in Ubuntu.
>> But Win7 runs like very slow molasses this way, not suitable at all
>> for production work.
>> I've tried it the other way around (Win7 host; Ubuntu 9.10 virtual
>> guest) and didn't notice any performance loss at all in Ubuntu. But
>> since I do almost all of my work in Ubuntu and don't need Win7 except
>> for testing, and because I have several virtual machines for different
>> operating environments for testing purposes (our software is
>> multi-platform), I reverted to running Ubuntu as the host and Win7 as
>> the guest.
>> So based on this experience, I'd recommend that if you want to use
>> Windows for production, run it on bare metal and run Ubuntu on Virtual
>> Box.
>> [more]
>>> But I've searched and searched, and can't find any good examples and
>>> such,
>>> how to use vboxmanage and so.
>>> Can you give me step by step guide on how to do it? I've got an iso with
>>> unattended installation.
>>> I want to enable sound, cd rom support, and usb.
>> The open source version of Virtual Box in the Ubuntu repositories does
>> not support USB.
>> For that you'll need the binary version available from
>> <>. Unlike the open source
>> version, it has user documentation. The Help file documentation is
>> adequate and is also online in both HTML and PDF formats at
>> <>.
>> A critical step in configuring a Virtual Box virtual machine after
>> installing the guest operating system is to install the "guest
>> additions" for that operating system. Without the guest additions, you
>> will lack a lot of expected features such as sound and USB support.
>> If you hit any problems, you'd be far better off asking on the Virtual
>> Box forums or mailing list than asking me.
>> <>. There are people there who
>> know far more about Virtual Box than I do.
>>> Also, is virtualbox better than qemu?
>> I haven't tried qemu for years but didn't care for it back then.
>> Likely, it has improved. I left VMWare for Virtual Box because
>> creating and configuring a virtual machine on Virtual Box was far
>> easier for me. But I do know people who much prefer VMWare, so your
>> mileage may vary.
>> Hope this helps and good luck!
>> Paul
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