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Installing VirtualBox on Debian 10 / Debian buster / buster-backports / fasttrack

It seems that VirtualBox is not (and will not be) available in Debian-10-Buster backports ( as per Debian wiki ) so the instructions on the Whonix wiki don’t work. Are there any downsides to using the repository at [download DOT virtualbox DOT org] instead as per [tecadmin DOT net/install-virtualbox-on-debian-10-buster/] ?

Thanks!

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Documentation was updated just now. The part which answers your question is quoted below at the time of writing but users should read if from the up to date version going to and going from there:

It is quoted here for convenience, for easier quoting from it and discussion.

These instructions are for Debian buster , which is recommended. Other Debian releases might work, but this is untested. In that case, replace buster with the actual codename your release.

Note: this applies to Whonix 15 . Later Whonix versions may use a codename different to buster .

Package virtualbox should be installed from Debian unstable (codename: sid ). This is non-ideal but required since VirtualBox in unavailable in Debian buster / buster-backports at the time of writing. It has risks such as bricking the apt package manager. Therefore users should make sure to have their backup and restore process functional. Alternativly you could install from Oracle Repository but this comes with different risks.

What makes you conclude that?

Great! Thanks!

I may have misinterpreted the statement on https://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox#Debian_10_.22Buster.22 - I took “won’t be in buster-backports” to mean “won’t ever be from now on”.

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For reference quoting https://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox#Debian_10_.22Buster.22 here:

Packages for VirtualBox are not available in Debian 10 and won’t be in buster-backports either.

Installing VirtualBox from Debian sid just got harder due to dependency issues.

Quote https://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox

Lucas Nussbaum maintains an unofficial (and unsupported) backport of the Debian unstable package for Debian 10.

Quote Lucas Nussbaum - https://people.debian.org/~lucas/virtualbox-buster/

Context

Virtualbox is not available in Debian 10 (nor in backports). The reasons are discussed at length in https://bugs.debian.org/794466 and various other mailing list threads, but can be summarized as:

  • Virtualbox is not suitable for Debian stable releases because of the lack of cooperation of Oracle on security support (that’s the Debian security team decision).
  • Since it is not suitable for stable releases, it cannot be included in the testing suite (that’s the Debian release team decision).
  • It also cannot be included in official backports, as packages must be in testing before they get backported (that’s the Debian backports team’s decision).

Notes

Repository is currently only at 6.0.10-dfsg-5 while Debian sid has 6.0.14-dfsg-1.

Contact: lucas@debian.org

Note: if you use this, please let me know, so I know if I should continue maintaining it.

Contacted just now.

Debian VirtualBox bug report:
build failing on Debian buster at kmk_builtin_append out/obj/VBoxGlobal/qtrcc/VirtualBox2_x4.gen.cpp

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