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

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

Power on the Virtual Machine

Let’s start up the guest machine.

VirtualBox - Set Start Up Disk

Click the little folder icon, and add the openSUSE ISO file you downloaded. We point our virtual CD/DVD drive to the ISO file containing the installer for openSUSE.

VirtualBox - Optical Disk Selector

Click Choose.

VirtualBox - Optical Disk Selector

Click the Start button.

openSUSE Leap starts and installation will proceed as if it was being installed to a fresh machine.

The Linux kernel will load, and you’ll be taken through various preparatory steps. For example, you’ll be prompted to define the language, keyboard language, and accept the openSUSE license agreement. Next you’ll be asked if you want to activate online repositories. Click Yes followed by Next.

You’ll also be asked to select a System Role.

openSUSE has the following roles: Desktop with KDE Plasma, Desktop with GNOME, Desktop with Xfce, Generic Desktop, Server, or Transactional Server. Pick a System Role, then press Next, followed by Next.

We then need to set the Region and Timezone, create a new user, and finalise the installation. All the packages will now be installed.

VirtualBox - openSUSE installing

Once the installation is complete, the virtual machine will boot. Once running, the guest machine functions in exactly the same way the host machine runs.

Page 6 – Guest Additions

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