Install VirtualBox on Fedora 14

Standard

This guide shows howto install VirtualBox 3.2 (currently 3.2.12) on Fedora 14, Fedora 13, Fedora 12, CentOS 5.5, Red Hat (RHEL) 5.5 and Red Hat (RHEL) 6. This howto advantage Virtual Box yum repositories.

Change to root User

su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

Install Fedora or RHEL Repo Files

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
 
## Fedora 12/13 and RHEL 6 users
wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/fedora/virtualbox.repo
 
## CentOS 5 and RHEL 5 users
wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/rhel/virtualbox.repo

Update repositories with check-update or update command

yum check-update
## OR ##
yum update

Install following dependency packages

yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers
 
## PAE kernel users install ##
yum install gcc kernel-PAE-devel kernel-headers

Add KERN_DIR environment variable

## Current running kernel on Fedora ##
KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`
 
## Current running kernel on CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL) ##
KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`-`uname -m`
 
## Fedora example ##
KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.33.5-124.fc13.i686
 
## CentOS and Red Hat (RHEL) example ##
KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-194.11.1.el5-x86_64
 
## Export KERN_DIR ##
export KERN_DIR

Install VirtualBox Latest Version (current 3.2.12)

yum install VirtualBox-3.2

Note:
This command create automatically vboxusers group and VirtualBox user must be member of that group.
This command also build needed kernel modules.

Add VirtualBox User to vboxusers Group

usermod -a -G vboxusers user_name

Start VirtualBox

Use launcher or simply:

VirtualBox


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VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware.  Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only  professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source  Software.


VirtualBox supports a large number of guest operating systems:
  1. Windows 3.x
  2. Windows NT 4.0
  3. Windows 2000
  4. Windows XP
  5. Windows Server 2003
  6. Windows Vista
  7. Windows 7
  8. DOS
  9. Linux (2.4 and 2.6)
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