OSGeo Live 10.5 installation

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Installing OSGeo Live 10.5

OSGeo Live 10.5 distribution has a spaecial version ready to run on a virtual machine. Detailed instructions are provided at the OSGeo Live website.

We will use a folder called Triste, shared by both machines: your current operation system (the host) and the virtual machine (the guest).

The installation process is:

Download the virtual machine

  • Select the OSGeo live image ready for virtualization (file osgeo-live-10.5-vm.7z, from sourceforge.net)
  • It is a very large file (about 3.6 GB). It will take some time to download.
  • After download it, uncompress it with 7z. This tool can be downloaded from 7-zip.org. The extracted file osgeo-live-10.5-vm.vmdk contains the image of the virtual machine. It is a big file (about 11.5 Gb). It will take some time to decompress.

Install VirtualBox

The VirtualBox software can be installed in Linux, Windows or Mac OS X. Follow the instructions to install it on your operation system.

Create the new OSGeo Live virtual machine


After creating the virtual machine, before starting it, configure the following under Settings:

  • General → Advanced → Shared Clipboard: Bidirectional
  • Shared Folders → Add new shared folder → Select the folder you want to share with the virtual machine. Check the Auto-mount option.


  • Display → Video Memory:
    • Set the maximum memory available (128 Mb)
    • Set Enable 3D Acceleration

Start the virtual machine

The virtual machine will start and you will be automatically logged in, using the credentials: user/user.

To know other credentials (for applications), check the passwords.txt document on the desktop.


Virtual machine customization


  • To configure your keyboard, add the Keyboard Layout Handler plugin to the bootom bar.
    • Right click on the bottom bar: Add/Remove Panel Items → Click "+ Add" → Keyboard Layout Handler
    • Right click on the flag icon and slect the first option "Keyboard Layout Handler settings"
    • Disable the option "Keep system layouts"
    • Add youy keyboard layout

Shared folders

  • To access the shared forder(es) between the host machine and the guest machine (the virtual machine), you need to add yourself to the vboxsf group.
    • Open the console (LXTerminal) and run the following command:
      • Note: you will have to provide the user's password, which is user. When you write it, you don't see any feedback (because it is a password to be kept secret). Hit ENTER after providing the password.
sudo usermod -a -G vboxsf user
  • Reboot to access your shared folder(es).

Language support (optional)

  • Configure the language support
    • Logout
    • Login again, but first select your language on the top bar. The login is user and the passwrd is also user.
    • After login, go the main menu, and select Preferences → Language Support
    • Install all the language support packages (it can take a few minutes).

Update Virtual Box guest additions (optional)

Select Devices from the Virtual Box top bar → Insert Guest Additions CD image...

Open the File manager window with the CD contents.

From the File manager window menu, select Tools → Open Window here...

On the console window, run the following commands:

sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

Enter the user's password user followed by ENTER (there is no echo while typing the password).

If the update complains because the previous tools were installed from a differente source, just say yes and continue.


Update virtual machine packages (optional)

Note: the internet connection is too slow for this. We don't need to update the packages.

It is a good ideia to keep all the software packages updated. If your network connection is working properly, you can update the virtual machine. It the connection is slow, you can update the packages later.

To update the packages, open a terminal and write:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If a password is requested, use the password: user. There is no feedback while you write the password (to keep it secret).

Screenshots (optional)


My bottom panel disapeared! Restore it with these commands on the LXTerminal:

cp /usr/share/lxpanel/profile/Lubuntu/panels/panel ~/.config/lxpanel/Lubuntu/panels
lxpanelctl restart