My setups with ARM weren’t doing so great, so I wanted to try using Oracle’s VirtualBox. Specifically, I was running into issues setting up desktop environments. Certain OS’s I wanted to play with didn’t offer images for ARM architecture. In the future, I might try setting up dual booting, possibly with Arch.
Installation and setup
The installation was relatively straightforward. I got the
.deb file from Oracle’s page. I then ran
sudo dpkg -i <blah>
<blah> represents the name of the uncompressed file.
I ran into a small error, where one package wasn’t there,
libqt5openg15. I installed it, then ran
sudo apt --fix-broken install
That fixed the issue.
You’ll also need to go get an
.iso image of the OS you want.
In my case, I went with Debian 10.5.0 with the XFCE desktop environment for 64-bit systems.
Since I was installing Debian, I basically followed an excellent tutorial by linuxhint.
The version of VirtualBox is a bit different, but the steps to follow are largely the same.
I think I’ll start with what I liked.
- It’s ridiculously easy to set up
- XFCE seems a tad lighter than GNOME
- Within the computer, though, it’s a nightmare to get basic customization done. For example, getting a terminal to open up and customizing the default applications took a bit more effort than I would have liked.
- Working with a virtual box is really, really slow
Overall, my biggest issues were the speed and how nonintuitive customization was. I think I’d prefer something that didn’t try to guess what I want.