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 maverick contrib
deb lucid contrib
deb karmic contrib
deb jaunty contrib
deb intrepid contrib
deb hardy contrib
deb squeeze contrib
deb lenny contrib
deb 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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