Creating a New Virtual Machine

Downloading and installing VirtualBox

To create Ubuntu virtual machines, we need two pieces of software. First, we need the Ubuntu operating system itself. Visit Ubuntu’s downloads page, and select the desktop version of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The file is quite large and may take a while to download. Save this file to the Downloads folder.

Next, we need VirtualBox, the software we’ll use to create and manage our virtual machine. Visit VirtualBox’s download page, and download the version for your operating system. Once the software downloads, run the installer and accept all of the default options. The installer may ask for permission to install additional drivers or components, which we should allow.

Setting up a virtual machine

Once the installation completes, run VirtualBox. We see a menu across the top of the screen that looks like this:

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