Configuration

Great. Now that you've got your OS all settled in, it's time to make it do the stuff we want it to do.

Keep Accurate Time

sudo apt-get install ntp

Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a collaborative pool of systems all over the world that keeps systems all over the world synchronized to the various atomic clocks that track mankinds most accurate perception of time. 

VirtualBox

For this portion, I'd like to tip my hat to the excellent help provided by Falko Timme in his tutorial on HowToForge. Without his effort I would very likely still be using Ubuntu Desktop and VMWare player, or possibly ESX. I much prefer to use genuinely open source products that conform to the Unix philosophy of command line kung fu. My instructions here are only slightly different and updated to a more recent version of VirtualBox.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

This will open a text editor to the sources.list file used by Aptitude.

Add this line to the end of the file, then save (Ctrl-O) and exit (Ctrl-X).

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian precise contrib

Then we will download the VirtualBox public key, update our packages, and install VirtualBox 4.3.

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential virtualbox-4.3 dkms

The next step will be loading the extensions. Since those change at a steady clip, I'd advise that you go get your own specific link, in addition to showing you the link I used. Go to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and right click the link next to VirtualBox Extension Packs that says "All supported platforms".

cd /tmp

wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.3.10/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Ex...

sudo VBoxManage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.10-93012.vbox-extpack

 

 

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