I recently needed an Ubuntu box for project I am working on, but since I don’t have a dedicated computer for such experiments anymore, I had to virtualise it. VirtualBox is my weapon of choice for these cases and in this occasion I picked the 14.04 Long Term Support version of Ubuntu, nicknamed Trusty Tahr. Installation for most linux distros is really simple, just punch in the ISO image and click next a couple of times.
I’m familiar with ubuntu’s «adjective animal» style of naming releases and of course I had to google to find out what a tahr is. After landing on this Wikipedia page, I continued clicking through the links there and while I was reading about the history of Oman – which is home of the arabian tahr – the installation finished.
When the installation was over, I found out, much to my dismay, that I couldn’t change the resolution. After looking around on StackOverflow – default action nowadays – and tried some of the solutions there that unfortunately did not work in my case, I found out the winning combination:
tudor@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install dkms virtualbox-guest-dkms virtualbox-guest-utils
tudor@ubuntu:~$ sudo reboot -h now