Friday, February 04, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Alpha 2 with VirtualBox 4.0.2

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Alpha 2 was released last February 3, 2011. I have it installed on VirtualBox 4.0.2 with Windows 7 Professional as the host. Installation was smooth and uneventful.

But installing VirtualBox guest addition that comes with the default installer seems like incompatible with Ubuntu Natty Alpha 2.

Here is what I got when I tried to install:
Warning: unsupported pre-release of Server Installed

It seems like some changes has to be done before it will work with this version of Ubuntu. But since VirtualBox does have an open source version of the guest additions, this can be used instead of the stock version. To do this, you have to:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-utils apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11

Reboot and enjoy Ubuntu Alpha 2!!!!

[23March2011]: Since 21March2011, Guest Additions that comes with VirtualBox 4.0.4 does not work anymore. Updated my copy today and installed the above packages and it saved my day.

[01April2011]: This applies to Ubuntu Natty Beta 1.


Larry said...

I have other VM's that have the regular guest extensions installed. Wondering if installing the OSE version will do to them.

Gijs said...

That was exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks!

Andrew said...


Andrew said...


I have been trying to get this working for days and now it's perfect!

Anonymous said...

Great Tip!

Techno Scavenger said...

@Larry, you asking what harm does it do if you mix OSE and PUEL versions? I haven't played around this area yet though.