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#1 2020-01-11 19:07:36

Ron
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Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Am I missing it, or is Virtualbox not in the repo? Any alternatives in the repo?

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#2 2020-01-11 19:36:28

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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Ron wrote:

Am I missing it, or is Virtualbox not in the repo? Any alternatives in the repo?

Hello. Virtualbox is in  ascii-backports - contrib repo. But, for my opinion, it is a crap. I prefer qemu-kvm- QEMU Full virtualization on x86 hardware. It is in ascii - main repo.

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#3 2020-01-11 20:14:58

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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Ron wrote:

is Virtualbox not in the repo?

No, it's so shit that the Debian developers removed it from the stable release and won't be backporting it in future.

See https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … bug=794466 for all the gory details.

Ogis1975 wrote:

I prefer qemu-kvm

+1


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#4 2020-01-11 22:46:08

Ron
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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

In Synaptic, kvm is described as "QEMU Full virtualization on x86 hardware." My rig is 64 bit. Can I use kvm on it? Also, would a guest 64 bit OS work on it?

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#5 2020-01-12 11:10:29

Andre4freedom
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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Simple answer: YES
You must have (and you have) 64bit Intel or AMD x86 hardware. You can run client-VMs in 64bit and 32bit mode.
Works very well on ASCII.
Just install qemu-kvm and its dependencies from the ascii repos and you are fine.
Don't forget to install virt-manager too! it helps a lot.
Good luck

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#6 2020-01-12 11:13:51

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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Ron wrote:

In Synaptic, kvm is described as "QEMU Full virtualization on x86 hardware." My rig is 64 bit. Can I use kvm on it?

The x86 architecture includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It is possible to run a 64-bit or 32-bit guest in a 64-bit host (but you can't run a 64-bit guest in a 32-bit host).

If you don't like GUI management tools see my fdn guide: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=144775


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#7 2020-01-12 13:10:02

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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

If you don't like GUI management tools see my fdn guide

It is exelent guide. This instruction helped me a lot!

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#8 2020-01-12 14:49:32

aut0exec
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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
Ogis1975 wrote:

I prefer qemu-kvm

+1

This is where I've been moving as well. Between it and LXC, virtualbox has pretty much gone by the wayside on *nix stations. Sadly still have to use VB on Windoze stations for work but it beats the licensing cost of VMware!

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#9 2020-01-12 16:11:06

Ron
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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

Thanks to all for your help. If I have any problems, I'll be back. wink

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#10 2020-01-15 06:49:27

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Re: Is VirtualBox (or alternative) in the repo?

If you need VirtualBox, you can install it from official deb packages: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

However, I recommend QEMU (+ KVM) with AQEMU GUI:

apt-get install aqemu

QEMU is easy-to-use solution. For example, you can add USB devices into VM out of box without limitations. QEMU also has snapshots support and you don't need to build additional kernel module for virtualization. AQEMU is awesome UI because you can get a command for running configured QEMU without GUI at all ("Show QEMU Arguments" and "Create Shell Script" in right-click menu).

If you need terminal UI you can use this: https://bitbucket.org/PascalRD/nemu/

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