VirtualBox: A Clean Sandbox for Your Linux Desktop

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  1. mack_guy911

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    Thanks:thumb:
     
  3. Hungry Man

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    A bit extreme.
     
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    How is this extreme?

    It went through only the basics on installing a VM in VirtualBox.
     
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    That works only with Live iso.

    The are few that boot to installation, not live.
     
  7. vasa1

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    Maybe he meant purely for the purpose of sandboxing given that installing and using Sandboxie (in MS Windows) is quite easy. From that point of view, installing VirtualBox just to run something sandboxed may seem heavy.
     
  8. mack_guy911

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    yes correct only on live distro but still it save lot of installing

    time usb making or burning to cd/dvd and last installing space

    i have only 40gb disk on which i am running linux and about 25-30 Gb for iso's and about 35-40 iso of linux so if i keep installing for testing each and everyone it cost me too much diskspace and for sandboxing it dont have any harm either every time you get same fresh iso


    yes i agree with chrisretusn one can achieve same by install in vmware/vbox and make a snapshots of OS thats another way to do it.

    or

    making

    immutable images of your installed OS

    depending whats your purpose and what you trying to achive :rolleyes:


    edit: and yes i try to make is as simple as i can so newbie who has no experiance of virtual box or linux can also try linux and make use of it in a simple manner.
     
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    I watched your video - nice work mack_guy. :thumb:
    Time consuming is it not ? Something for my retirement.

    edit: actually I am sort of retired but must make more time for linux... http://my.opera.com/ocky/about/ :D
     
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  10. J_L

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    Maybe if I get a better Linux machine. How are VMware and the other solutions for Linux?
     
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    Linux runs great in VMWare 7 :thumb:
     
  12. J_L

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    I mean the other way around (VMware in Linux).
     
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    I mean extreme in that emulating the entire operating system is very resource intensive and not really necessary unless you're doing a lot of testing with malware.

    It's really not a very reasonable approach to security for an average user.
     
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    Also could be useful if you test software and don't want to use your host OS to do so.
     
  15. wat0114

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    Sorry, my bad :oops: I only use VMWare in Windows host.

    This I agree with 100%

    ...but a vm comes in handy for testing a lot more than just malware.
     
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    Malware aren't the only software, and operating systems aren't made to just test malware.
     
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    yes VMware run pretty good on linux too

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/vmware-workstation.html

    but i use virtualbox i find it easy and pretty straight forward :D


    yes VM/vbox are not just for malware testing its pretty usefull for testing a software before installing it to your real system in case you didnt like it all you need is roll back of snapshot or reboot default live iso

    example this

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=306495

    although i did it on live cd because i have one but in case i didnt have a live cd i do same thing in virtualbox
     
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    Also if you don't install to vbox, but do as per mack_guy's youtube demo, it's a hell of a lot faster starting up than using a live cd.
     
  19. mack_guy911

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    thanks ocky for support yes its true in virtual box booting is pretty fast :D
     
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    OK, that's true. How ever with most system specs these days, not a real issue. Once you have the virtual machine setup it only a click away. You don't need to use the VirtualBox Manager to start it either, just place an icon on the desktop.

    Beats running it from a Live CD or DVD.
     
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