Linux for Starters: Your Guide to Linux – Running VirtualBox – Part 20

Last Updated on May 22, 2022


Before we fire up the virtual machine, there’s settings that you’ll want to configure (you can make these changes at a later date).

Click the Settings icon and this dialog box will appear.

VirtualBox - Settings

Go through each of the sections. Here’s the essential changes we suggest, although some of the changes are dependent on your requirements.

  • General: Click Advanced and enable shared clipboard and drag’n’drop functionality.
  • System: Click Processor. By default only 1 processor is allocated. If your machine has multiple cores, increase the number of processors allocated to the virtual machine. Hyperthreading should be discounted. Enable PAE/NX (if you’re using an older 32-bit processor) and Nested VT-x/AMD-V.
  • Display: Increase the video memory to 128MB. Enable 3D acceleration to improve performance.
  • Storage: We can configure the internal storage of the virtual PC here. We can define the openSUSE ISO file but this can be set when the virtual machine is first started.
  • Audio: No changes are essential to get you started.
  • Serial Ports: No changes are essential.
  • USB: No changes are essential but support for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are valuable extras.
  • Shared Folders: These are very useful but this is something to setup later.
  • User Interface:  No changes are essential.

Page 5 – Power on the Virtual Machine

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Set up host machine
Page 2 – Download Guest OS / Install VirtualBox
Page 3 – Create New Virtual Machine
Page 4 – Settings
Page 5 – Power on the Virtual Machine
Page 6 – Guest Additions
Page 7 – Snapshots & Cloning

All articles in this series:

Linux For Starters: Your Guide to Linux
1What is Linux? Why use Linux? What do I need?
2Choose a Linux distribution meeting your specific needs and requirements.
3Make a bootable Ubuntu USB stick in Windows.
4We show you how to install Ubuntu 21.04 on your hard disk.
5Things to do after installing Ubuntu.
6Navigating your way around the Desktop.
7Updating the system, install new software.
8Open source replacements for proprietary Windows desktop software.
9Get started with the power and flexibility of the terminal.
10We cover the basics of files and permissions.
11Getting help from your system.
12Learn all about the file system.
13Manipulating files from the shell.
14Maintain your system with these simple tips.
15Managing users on your system.
16Explore different desktops to GNOME 3.
17Gaming on Linux.
18Protect your privacy with this guide.
19Access the Windows desktop from Linux using a remote desktop client.
20Set up a virtual machine running Ubuntu as the host and openSUSE as the guest.
21Wine lets you run Windows programs on Linux without emulation.
22Extend your GNOME desktop with extensions and themes.
XUseful Linux commands.
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2 years ago

How can you find out which distros need Guest Additions?

2 years ago
Reply to  Ivan

I don’t think there’s a way without trying a distro for yourself. Maybe Oracle should make this type of information available