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How To: Install VirtualBox on Fedora 8 (Werewolf)

Updated January 9th, 2008

This is a tutorial on how to get VirtualBox up and running on Fedora 8. If you haven’t yet, add yourself as a “sudoer” by visiting the tutorial this page. Also, this tutorial is for the 32-Bit version of VirtualBox, so you’ll have to customize a little more to get the 64-bit version running (as pointed out in the comments). Everything in the “code” sections should be copy/pasted/typed into the terminal. Right, let’s get to it:

1.) Get the VirtualBox 1.5.4 package from the VirtualBox website for Fedora 8 and install it.

wget && sudo rpm -ivh VirtualBox-1.5.4_27034_fedora8-1.i586.rpm

2.) Get the kernel-devel package:

sudo yum install make automake autoconf gcc kernel-devel

3.) Run the setup file for VirtualBox:

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

4.) Add yourself to the “vboxusers” group (don’t forget the “-” dash!):

su -
usermod -G vboxusers -a username

5.) Run, and enjoy!


I would recommend disabling compiz if you have it running for VirtualBox. I’ve noticed that it [i]really[/i] slows things down (especially in fullscreen mode).

6.) To Get USB Support:

1 – create a new group called “usb”;
2 – locate file usbfs: in my case is /sys/bus/usb/drivers (I suggest to find the file with a usb device inserted;
3 – modify file /etc/fstab inserting a line containing the right path and the number corresponding the “usb” group :
none /sys/bus/usb/drivers usbfs devgid=503,devmode=664 0 0
4 – command mount -a;
5 – start VB and try…;

Source: Fedora Forums

7.) To Properly Backup the VirtualBox Machine (.vdi):

Please refer to my other page here:

How To: Properly Backup a VirtualBox Machine (.VDI)

8.) To Get Sound Working:

Highlight your virtual machine and click on the “Settings” button. Click on the “Sound” category, and then check the “Enable Sound” option. In the drop-down box, select “PulseAudio”. You should now have sound.

9.) To enlarge an already created VDI or Disk Image:

I plan on making this a little neater, but for right now, I wanted to share the information that I found via the virtualbox forums. A gentleman by the nickname of “gushy” posted these instructions:

Original post is located in this thread. And, if your experience was anything like mine, your windows virtual machine will perform a disk check when rebooting for the first time on the larger disk.

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Fedora 10 Release Candidate [Screenshot Gallery]

Here’s a screenshot tour of the Fedora 10 Release Candidate (or Preview Release) running within a VirtualBox VM.  The countdown begins!  21 Days left as of this entry…  Enjoy!

Other useful links:

Release Notes:…
Feature List:


Guides to Help with Fedora 8 Install

The Unofficial Fedora FAQ:

A Huge Collection of Tutorials and How-To’s:

Automated Scripts for Multimedia, Drivers, and More!*

*If I may suggest, when I used the script, it really messed up my repositories and such, so I had to install Fedora 8 again and start from ground-up. Use the my-guides link instead to get multimedia and the such.

Misc and My Own Guides:

VirtualBox :

I put together a tutorial on how to get VirtualBox running. It’s located here:

Turn Fedora 8 into your own web server:

If you’re interested, I’ve put together a tutorial on how I setup my Fedora 8 box to run my own website/server. Follow this link.

Sessions Menu Shortcut:

I wanted to simply add pidgin to a list of startup programs and I couldn’t find the “Sessions” link in the System menu like I was familiar to, so I added a new menu item using the Menu Editor called “Sessions” with the command “gnome-sessions-properties”.

Avant Window Navigator:

This is proving to be a tougher one to install. The main program is easy to install by just using “yum install avant-window-navigator” but “awn-core-applets” are more difficult because of a dependency problem with (error message is “Missing Dependency: is needed by package awn”). I havn’t figured out the dependency problem yet, but here’s a guide that might help:

Sound in Flash Applications (Like YouTube):

This seems to be a pretty random problem, but the solution is easy. Just install the “libflashsupport” package. This is also documented in my other post “How to Fix the No Sound Issue in Firefox“.

Command Line (CLI) Auto Complete:

In fedora, I missed having the auto complete feature for when I wanted to run a command like “yum install package”. By installing the “bash-completion” package, I’m now able to type tab and it will finish the rest of the command for me (“yum ins[tab] pack[tab]”).

The package “bash-completion” can be found here:

You may or may not need to run this command:

. /etc/bash_completion

Getting the Good Repositories:

The livna and kirov repositories have a ton of goodies in them.

su -
cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
rpm --import

wget && sudo install livna-release-8.rpm

Get dvd-slideshow for Fedora 8:

I really had to search for this one while trying to install mandvd and manslide. I found it here on named dvd-slideshow-0.8.0-1.noarch.rpm

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