Introduction to VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open-source hypervisor for x86 computers that is developed and distributed by Oracle Corporation. A hypervisor is computer software that creates and runs virtual machines. The computer which runs the hypervisor and the virtual machines is known as the host machine while the virtual machines (VMs) are guest machines.

VirtualBox can be installed on a number of host operating systems (OS) including: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, BSD, and IBM O/S 2. It also allows for the creation of guest machines for these OSes.

The first step in using VirtualBox for all your virtualization needs is to download the hypervisor for your desired OS at

After downloading you should follow the VirtualBox instructions for installing the hypervisor on your selected OS.

After you’ve successfully downloaded and installed VirtualBox you’ll need to install a guest machine. Oracle provides pre-built images for several open-source operating systems on the VirtualBox website.

The available GNU/Linux distributions on the VirtualBox website include: Archlinux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Kubuntu, LinuxMint, Mandriva, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Lubuntu, among many others.

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