Oracle Virtualbox Guest Additions won’t automatically install under Ubuntu 22.04. Even if you haven’t been there before, you are going to be there now if you install Ubuntu 22.04 in a VM. Canonical is relentless when it comes to bad ideas they force on unsuspecting users. (Unity Desktop anyone? How about Up-Start, Snap, or Ubuntu Phone?) This time a change was made to remove autorun capabilities without really giving much of a heads up.
I’ve written about Oracle Virtualbox and Guest Additions woes before. On certain platforms Microsoft has went out of their way to make Oracle Virtualbox almost impossible to either install or function. So I guess I should have seen Canonical shooting themselves in the foot yet again coming, right?
In the Name of Security
Ah yes, security. Something a VM install has very little of. You can do all kinds of things to the install without the OS even running, but hey, let’s not autorun ISO files. People can download and launch an AppImage that isn’t the least bit sandboxed. Most users will blindly key in their Sudo password whenever prompted without even wondering what asked for it, but, just to kick Oracle in the teeth, let’s remove autorun. While we are at it, let’s completely overlook the fact that Freespire and other Linux distros have started to physically block the installation of Snap for security reasons.
Ordinarily, for most other Linux distros, you click on Devices and select “insert Guest Additions CD image” and that is it. If you have installed all of the build dependencies, Guest Additions opens a terminal, does some stuff, then it tells you to close the window and informs you the new functionality won’t be available until you restart. We developers have become accustomed to this behavior.
Now you have to open the CD image that appears in the left menu bar. You see a little button that says “Run Software” but it is a fool killer. You can click it until you run out of food, water, and air; nothing will happen.
You have to right click on the autorun.sh file and choose “Run as a Program.”
Snap is being blocked from installation in linux distros do to security issues, and rather than fix that you do this?
Canonical has gotten in bed with Microsoft far too often.