Linux for Starters

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

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


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

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.