Install or Update Virtualbox 4.0 on Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10

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VirtualBox 4.0 was released on December 22, 2010. If you are still stuck with old version of VirtualBox or if yor are going to install it for the first time, I would suggest you upgrade or install the latest version as per your case. VirtualBox 4.0 comes with a bunch of new features which are certainly going to inspire you for the update:

  • drag and drop storage device support
  • enhanced audio support with more choices for virtual audio card (in addition to basic AC97 and SoundBlaster 16 drivers, you now also have a more enhanced Intel HD Audio driver),
  • virtual machine preview
  • auto mounting of shared folder
  • auto installation and configuration of guest additions

To install the latest version or to update from previous version on any version of Ubuntu add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file, by doing

gksudo emacs /etc/apt/sources.list

now, based on your Ubuntu version and whether you had a line similar to one below add / update the corresponding line from the list below and save the above file

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian jaunty contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian intrepid contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian etch contrib

Now run the following command

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0

This should install / update to VirtualBox 4.0. Don’t forget to install the VirtualBox Extension Pack after the update, else your USB devices won’t work.

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