Install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.28 On Ubuntu 17.04 / LinuxMint

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This tutorial shows how you can install Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.28 On Ubuntu 17.04 / 16.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint

Virtualbox is an Open source application for running operating systems virtually in your base system, with this application you can create and run multiple Operating systems virtually on your PC. 

Virtualbox available for Multiple operating systems (ie) windows, Solaris, MacOS-X, and Linux

Changelog in VirtualBox 5.1.28

  • GUI: mouse events did not reach host windows behind the transparent VM window (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • Audio: fixed accidental crashes when using the AC'97 sound emulation
  • Audio: fixed crash when default input or output devices have changed
  • Audio: fixed recording when using the ALSA backend
  • Audio: fixed handle leak when using the OSS backend
  • E1000: fixed a crash related to VLAN traffic over internal network
  • NAT: apply --natbindip1 to TCP connections.
  • OVF: when importing an appliance with XHCI controller, don't add an OHCI controller.
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed a GUI crash if Spotlight is used from file dialogs
  • Linux hosts: fixed creating fixed sized VDI images
  • Linux hosts / guests: fixes for Linux 4.4 of openSUSE Leap 42.3
  • Bridged networking: align outgoing packet at word boundary, preventing Windows host crash in MsLbfoProvider.
  • Linux Additions: kernel drm driver support for custom EL7 Linux 3.10 kernel
  • Solaris Additions: hide an informational message on the bootup console

Installation steps

Two ways to install Virtualbox on Ubuntu / LinuxMint
  • Method 1: Via PPA
  • Method 2: Via deb file

Method 1: Via PPA

Step 1: Before installing the new version, we need to remove the older using the software center or use the below command
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox virtualbox-4.* virtualbox-5.0
Step 2: Add the Packages list to sources.list
$sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian '$(lsb_release -cs)' contrib non-free' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list"
Note: LinuxMint and elementary OS users have to replace the name manually in place of $(lsb_release -cs).

Step 3: Download and install the Key for Virtualbox
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add - 
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Step 3: Update the Repository
sudo apt-get update
Step 4: Install Virtualbox 5.1.28
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

Method 2: Via deb file

If you are not comfortable with the PPA for installing the Virtualbox ,then manually download the deb file and install it.

Step 1: Download the deb files from here according to your distribution

Step 2: Install the deb file
dpkg -i virtualbox-5.1_5.1.28-117224~Ubuntu~zesty_amd64.deb
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