This article shows you how to set up and use Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1, which you can use for free to run virtual machines on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa distribution.
VirtualBox is a free and advanced virtual machine program developed by Oracle company. It has become a software frequently preferred by users because of its simple use and performance.
You can easily install and use the Oracle virtual machine program on Windows 10, earlier operating system versions, and other Linux distributions such as Mint.
You can follow this video tutorial or the steps below to install the Oracle VM program on your Linux Mint 21 system and create a new virtual PC.
How To Run VirtualBox 6.1 on the Linux Mint 21 Distribution
Step 1: To download VirtualBox on your Linux system, visit the official website from the link below.
Step 2: Click on the Download image on the VirtualBox homepage.
Step 3: When redirected to the platform packages page, click Linux Distributions.
Step 4: Click on Ubuntu 22.04 on the page where Linux distributions are listed.
Step 5: Save the VirtualBox.deb package to your computer and wait for the download process.
Step 6: Open the terminal where you downloaded the deb package and first update the system files with the sudo apt update command.
sudo apt update
Step 7: Run sudo dpkg i- virtualbox-6.1_6.1.36-152435~Ubuntu~jammy_amd64.deb to install VirtualBox.
sudo dpkg i- virtualbox-6.1_6.1.36-152435~Ubuntu~jammy_amd64.deb
Step 8: If you get errors for dependent software, run sudo apt install -f to install them.
sudo apt install -f
Step 9: After installing VirtualBox, run the command below to install Linux kernels.
sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential dkms
Step 10: Run Oracle VM VirtualBox and check its version. Then, when you check the Extensions section from File / Preferences, you will see that the Extension Pack is not installed.
Step 11: Go to the VirtualBox download page again and click All Supported Platforms from the Extension Pack section.
Step 12: Double-click the vbox-extpack file to open the installation wizard after downloading the Extension Pack.
Step 13: Click Install in the window informing you that you are about to install the VirtualBox Extension Pack, and then accept the license agreement.
Step 14: Go to the Extensions section again and check that the Extension Pack is installed.
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