Prepare a VirtualBox virtual machine to develop for UBOS using Arch Linux


Frst prepare a suitable virtual machine. Installation for VMWare is quite similar although not documented in detail here (we are sure you can figure it out).

  1. Download VirtualBox from here and install it if you haven’t already.

  2. Download a 64bit Arch Linux boot image from here and save it in a convenient place. You only need it for the installation and you can delete it later.

  3. In VirtualBox, create a new virtual machine:

    • Click “New”.

    • Enter a name for the virtual machine, such as “UBOS development”. Select Type: “Linux”, and Version: “Arch Linux (64 bit)”. Click “Continue”.

    • Select the amount of RAM you want to give it. 2048MB is a good start, and you can change that later. Click “Continue”.

    • Select “Create a virtual hard drive now”, and click “Create”.

    • Select any of the types available for the new virtual hard drive. The default (“VDI”) is fine. Click “Continue”.

    • Select either “Dynamically allocated” or “Fixed size”. While “Fixed size” might be slightly faster, “dynamically allocated” often uses significantly less space on your hard drive. Click “Continue”.

    • Accept the default name for the virtual hard drive file. Pick a size that is sufficient for what you want to do. 16GB or more is recommended, particularly if you are planning to run a Linux desktop environment in your development virtual machine.

      If you selected “Dynamically allocated” in the previous step, the file containing your virtual hard drive will only grow to that size if you actually fill it with that much data.

      Click “Create”.

  4. Now start the virtual machine by selecting it in the sidebar, and clicking “Start”. When it asks you, select the Arch Linux boot image ISO file that you downloaded earlier as the start-up disk. You need to select the little icon there to get a file selection dialog. Click “Start”. The virtual machine should now be booting.

  5. The Arch Linux boot loader has several options. The first one (Boot Arch Linux (x86_64)) is the one you want to select. Press the Return key.

Continue with Continuing the Arch Linux installation on a PC or virtual machine.