Virtual Machine Software

After some pretty disappointing experiences with VMWare on Ubuntu, I tried out VirtualBox.

WinXP runs very fast in VirtualBox.

Use the non-open source version of VirtualBox. Do not install the virtualbox-ose version from the Gutsy repos or else you do not get USB support.

Add following line /etc/apt/sources.list:

The innotek public key for apt-secure can be downloaded here. You can add this key with

You may need to install some additional libraries on your Linux system in order to run VirtualBox (I didn’t)- in particular, you will need libxalan-c, libxerces-c and version 5 of libstdc++.

Now install VirtualBox from synaptic.

The following is required to get USB support working.

Edit the file /etc/udev/rules.d/40-

permissions.rules (for this, you must have administrative privileges)

3.1 Search for the following lines

3.2 Change them to the following

Basically, in the file /etc/init.d/ you need to edit the lines:


to look like this (removing four #’s):


To copy VMs, ( for example, to copy the VM named ARMDev to XPTemplate) issue the command:

VBoxManage clonevdi ARMDev.vdi XPTemplate.vdi

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