VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.
Install Virtualbox in Debian Etch
If you want to install Virtualbox in Debian Etch you need to download the latest .deb package from here.
Preparing Your system
First you need to install the following packages
apt-get install libqt3-mt libxalan110 libxerces27
Once you download the package you have VirtualBox_1.3.2_Debian_Etch_x86.deb file
Install.deb file using the following command
dpkg -i VirtualBox_1.3.2_Debian_Etch_x86.deb
At the time of installation if you have any dependency problems like the following errors
Selecting previously deselected package virtualbox.
(Reading database ... 174459 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking virtualbox (from VirtualBox_1.3.2_Debian_Etch_x86.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of virtualbox:
virtualbox depends on libqt3-mt (>= 3:3.3.7); however:
Package libqt3-mt is not installed.
virtualbox depends on libxalan110; however:
Package libxalan110 is not installed.
virtualbox depends on libxerces27; however:
Package libxerces27 is not installed.
dpkg: error processing virtualbox (--install):
dependency problems -- leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
If you see the above error message you can use the following command to install all the required dependencies
sudo apt-get -f install
This will complete the installation
Starting the VirtualBox Graphical User Interface
If you want to start Virtualbox GUI use the following command from your terminal(Applications--->Accessories--->Termianl)
Once it opens you should see the following screen
VirtualBox Version Details
Creating a Virtual machine
If you want to create a Virtual machine you need to click on "New" button in the user interface will guide you through the new virtual machine
Now the following wizard will appear click next
In the next screen You needs to select VMname and OS Type and click next
Now you need to select the memory for your VM
Here you need to select the Virtual hard disk details and click next
Summary of your Virtual Machine and click finish
This is virtualbox installation in Debian Etch and also explains how to create a new virtual machine now you can install whatever OS you want to test.If you want more information on virtualbox check User Manual
If you want to use GPLed version of VirtualBox (i.e. the version that will eventually make it into distro repos), you need to check out the code from svn with this command
svn co http://virtualbox.org/svn/vbox/trunk vbox
and build the binary via the instructions available from here