See this VirtualBox overview. VirtualBox is a large software installation with many features and operating system options. A User Manual and other documentation is available online. Those who have not used VirtualBox before, might find it more easy to understand and install than expected.
VirtualBox Downloads: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
(See VirtualBox/Technical for some collected details.)
The following instructions are intended for those Learners interested in using VirtualBox to run Sugar. The process is not fully mature as the technology is evolving both in the VirtualBox and operating system software.
- Online IRC support is available from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/IRC
- Various VirtualBox experiments may be found on the discussion page.
Sugar disc images
Sugar on a Stick
See VirtualBox/Preparing a disk image for instructions on building a VirtualBox virtual machine disk from an .iso disk image.
on Mac OS X
- the Apple Macintosh operating system
- Download VirtualBox for OS X from here, http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- Install it by opening the .dmg.
- Follow the instructions in the window
- Double click VirtualBox.mpkg
- If you see a warning about running a program from the Internet, click OK to run it.
- Click continue until you see the license popup, click Agree.
- Choose location to install, probably something like Macintosh HD, then click Continue.
- Click Continue, then Install. Enter password, if required.
- Now you can run VirtualBox by opening the Applications folder and double clicking on the icon.
- Next Follow the instructions Setup a Virtual Machine for Sugar on a Stick
- You can watch a screencast video of the rest of the process on a Mac below in the Setup section (click the [show] link.)
on Microsoft Windows
- Download from http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads.
- See http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads
- For Ubuntu, it is available in Synaptic Package Manager, once you add the the URI, distribution & components to your 3rd-party software sources or enter the following in your /etc/apt/sources.list.
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian <distribution> non-free
- Install dkms, as well, so upgrades to your system will update the kernel modules.
- (See the Talk:VirtualBox page for experimental installation variations.)
Setup a Virtual Machine for Sugar on a Stick
Notice: Prebuilt VirtualBox 4.1 Appliances are available. Just click "import" on one of the .vmdk or .ovf files.
- One may also use these instructions, VirtualBox/Preparing a disk image, to prepare one's own.
- In VirtualBox click New
- Click Next
- Enter a name "Sugar"
- Operating System: choose Linux
- Version: choose Fedora
- Click Next
- For memory leave 256 MB
- Click Next
- Virtual Hard Disk click Existing
- Click the little folder to the right of the selection box
- A new window pops up
- Click Add button in the toolbar
- Browse to the location where you extracted the .vdi disk image
- Click Open
- Click Select
- Click Next
- Click Finish
- Select Sugar on the left
- Click Start in the toolbar
- After a minute or two you should see the Sugar screen asking for you name
- Enter your name
- Click Done at the bottom of the window. You might have to scroll.
- From now on you can start VirtualBox and start the "Sugar" virtual machine
- Activating the Frame might be a little difficult. The lower 2 corners are easiest and you may want to configure edge activation in the My Settings > Frame panel. With VirtualBox Guest Additions installed (see here), only the bottom edge and corners are available for Frame activation.
- On Mac keyboards, you might wish to change the Virtual Box default key for switching the Sugar cursor to the normal one, as the default key (control right arrow on Mac keyboards) is trapped by Sugar. (Windows and Linux keyboards use Right Ctrl.) You may do this change in File/settings of the Virtual Box menu.
- How To Install Virtualbox Guest Additions in Fedora Guest (Based on Fedora 8)
- install the virtualbox guest additions
- 2nd Method
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-utils