Install VirtualBox 4.0.10 on Ubuntu Natty

Install VirtualBox 4.0.10 on Ubuntu Natty
If you frequently use a virtual machine for learning or just for fun, certainly you’re familiar with VirtualBox. This time thecybergal will discuss how to install VirtualBox 4.0.10 on Ubuntu Natty. VirtualBox is an x86 virtualization software for enterprise and home use. Previously VirtualBox known as Sun xVM VirtualBox and innotek VirtualBox.

VirtualBox 4.0.10 brings some improvements, including:
  • GUI: fixed disappearing settings widgets on KDE hosts (bug #6809)
  • Storage: fixed hang under rare circumstances with flat VMDK images
  • Storage: a saved VM could not be restored under certain circumstances after the host kernel was updated (bug #8983)
  • Storage: refuse to create a medium with an invalid variant (for example Split2G with VDI; bug #7227)
  • Snapshots: none of the hard disk attachments must be attached to another VM in normal mode when creating a snapshot
  • Linux Additions: RHEL6.1/OL6.1 compile fix
  • Linux Additions: fixed a memory leak during VBoxManage guestcontrol execute (bug #9068), etc
The following is how to install VirtualBox 4.0.10 on Ubuntu Natty:

#Enter terminal mode and edit /etc/apt/sources.list:
gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
#Add the following line:
deb natty contrib
#For ubuntu 10.10 users add the following line:
deb maverick contrib non-free
#Save and exit the file!
#Type the command bellow in your terminal console:
wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
#Update source list:
sudo apt-get update
#Install virtualbox:
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0

Note: When the linux kernel version updated during the next apt-get upgrade, your VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt, and vboxnetadp) will not work properly unless you install dkms package to ensure that there are no problems with your VirtualBox. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:
sudo apt-get install dkms
Happy virtualizing…

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