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virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:43 pm
by catrunner75
so iive given up on vmware. so as suggested on here by a user the appication virtaulbox, same thing, is available in the repository...i locate it in software manager with a search, install...now i dont see it anywhere or how to open it. no desktop icon, no new listing in software. gee wiz i cant seem to understand anything.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:13 pm
by Pierre
most folks will suggest to get the program from their Web Site:
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads
in order to obtain the latest version

the VirtualBox Program Icon will appear in System Tools, for some reason.
:)

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:58 am
by RIH
I would certainly agree with Pierre to download it directly from Oracle.
Don't forget to also download the VirtualBox 6.1.14 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack , which is a page up from the url that Pierre has given you.
That enables things like better USB support.
After I installed it in my Cinnamon Mint 19.3 it appeared under the Administration group in the Menu.
It appears as Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:43 am
by kelevra
catrunner75 wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:43 pm
so iive given up on vmware. so as suggested on here by a user the appication virtaulbox, same thing, is available in the repository...i locate it in software manager with a search, install...now i dont see it anywhere or how to open it. no desktop icon, no new listing in software. gee wiz i cant seem to understand anything.
Don't forget to uninstall/remove the version you installed using software manager before proceeding.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:51 am
by antikythera
Pierre wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:13 pm
most folks will suggest to get the program from their Web Site:
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads
in order to obtain the latest version

the VirtualBox Program Icon will appear in System Tools, for some reason.
:)
I answered this in the original thread. I don't disagree that there are circumstances when people should use the new version from Oracle but it depends really on what is needed by the end user.
I still stick with installing it from the repositories despite what the other guys advise. You only really ever need to start using the version from Oracle's own website when your kernel does not match the default provided by Ubuntu/Mint or want to host another linux operating system with a newer kernel. For running Windows 7/8/8.1/10 the repository version is absolutely reliable.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:57 pm
by catrunner75
thanks guys, but arnt i going to have the same problem if i download from the website? im trying to use virtual box now because i cant get vmware to install and despit a few post ive received no clear answer as to what the problem is. ive downloaded vmware, ive gone into properties and made the bin executable then i click on the vmware and it says loading installer...done..then it says something about not having root permission but the message goes across so fast i simply cannot read the whole line.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:57 pm
by catrunner75
kelevra wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:43 am
catrunner75 wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:43 pm
so iive given up on vmware. so as suggested on here by a user the appication virtaulbox, same thing, is available in the repository...i locate it in software manager with a search, install...now i dont see it anywhere or how to open it. no desktop icon, no new listing in software. gee wiz i cant seem to understand anything.
Don't forget to uninstall/remove the version you installed using software manager before proceeding.
why?

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:45 pm
by catrunner75
it would appear this is some kind of bug that had plagued many distributions. ive looked everywhere, even search bar does not produce it. i have to go into software manager and launch from there. i also found in terminal apt get virtualbox, verified it was there, then simply entered virtualbox and it opened up. is there anyway to creat a shortcut similiar to the ease of which you do it in windows? i want it on the desktop

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:18 pm
by kelevra
catrunner75 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:57 pm
kelevra wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:43 am
catrunner75 wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:43 pm
so iive given up on vmware. so as suggested on here by a user the appication virtaulbox, same thing, is available in the repository...i locate it in software manager with a search, install...now i dont see it anywhere or how to open it. no desktop icon, no new listing in software. gee wiz i cant seem to understand anything.
Don't forget to uninstall/remove the version you installed using software manager before proceeding.
why?
I had the same issue with a software install when I first started using Mint. I had installed it using software manager and couldn't find it. So I then attempted to do an install of a newer version using apt get in the terminal and it failed about half way through. When I tried to remove the new version I got an error and when I tried to remove it with software manager I got an error. I couldn't reinstall and I couldn't remove it. Mint was so new I didn't have a snapshot yet so out came the live boot USB and another fresh install of Mint was had.
Needless to say, I now remove any installed software before I attempt any new installs of the same software.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:27 pm
by kelevra
I agree with Pierre and RlH, an install with the latest version from the VirtualBox website is the best way to go. That is how I installed VirtualBox and the Extension Pack. I have had no issues using it and the virtual machines.

Re: virtualbox ,where is it?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:27 am
by rickNS
catrunner75 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:45 pm
is there anyway to creat a shortcut similiar to the ease of which you do it in windows? i want it on the desktop
Sure. More than one way too, but this might be easiest,

Open file manager, click;
File System > usr > share > applications
scroll down to virtualbox
right click > copy
paste on desktop
done