Installing VirtualBox on Debian 10

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/] ?


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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.