virtualbox: are there two versions?

Chris G cl at
Mon Oct 25 15:34:40 UTC 2010

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 05:27:30PM +0200, Leander Jedamus wrote:
> Hi!
> I recently read in a magazine that virtualbox from oracle comes in two 
> different flaviours: an open source edition (which is in the 
> repositories) and a proprietary one, which has usb-support, what I need. 
> Do I have to install that package without apt-get? I like that 
> update-thing from ubuntu, but did not find the proprietary package in 
> the repositories.
No, you don't have to do it without apt-get, what you need to do is to
add the repository that has the proprietary/not-OS versions in to your
/etc/apt/sources.list file.

On my 10.04 system the line you need to add is:-

    deb lucid non-free

However a Google search will quickly find simple instructions for adding
the required repository without having to edit files etc.

Chris Green

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