VirtualBox 4.0 is released ! New PPA for Ubuntu and Debian

Again another release from Oracle before the end of the year, this time is VirtualBox 4.0 who has been released . This new version features an improved user interface, as well as added virtual hardware support, virtualboxincluding for chip-sets supporting PCI Express and others. Other changes include increased capacity and throughput using a new asynchronous I/O model for networked (iSCSI) and local storage, and improved standards support with support for the Open Virtualisation Format (OVF), support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts, Resource control: added support for limiting a VM’s CPU time and IO bandwidth and more.




See the complete changelog in this link.

I- Installation :

Before to start remember to remove any previous version of virtualbox installed in your system.

– For Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and linuxmint 10 :

To install VirtualBox in Ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat and LinuxMint10, you need to add the the following repository.

1-Open terminal and copy the command bellow :

sudo add-apt-repository "deb maverick contrib"

2- Add the verification key, Copy this command :

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

3- Now update and install :

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0
  • You can also use this command (Thanks to webupd8) to add the repository and install virtualbox 4.0 in debian based systems (Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Debian..)
sudo -v
echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0
  • If you don`t want to install virtualbox from repository download the following .deb packages or from this Link.

 – For Other Linux distribution, download the packages from this Link.


II- Download and install the extension pack:

As i mentioned in my previous postVirtualBox4.0 introduces the Extension Pack mechanism which allows Oracle and 3rd parties to deliver additional functionality on top of the standard Open Source product. The Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack, adds support for USB 2.0, RDP server and the PXE bootloader with E1000 support.

To install the extension pack, First download the pack from this link :  Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.0.0-69151.vbox-extpack

After, open virtualbox and go to File–> Preference, then under extensions install the extension pack:

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