Get USB Devices such as iPhone, Android, iPad, iPod to work in VirtualBox in Ubuntu

If you decide to set up your main computer, laptop to be on Linux, or with Ubuntu, chances are you might need to get iTunes and iPhone, iPod, iPad working with it. While there are applications that comes with Ubuntu MATE like RhythmBox, they can be rather clunky.

This is not to say iTunes is an angel. Its not! There are a fair bit of problems with it.

But enough of that. What you can do is to install a virtual machine application that is free such as VirtualBox. This allows you to have a virtual computer in your Ubuntu, which you install a Windows operating system in it.

You then install iTunes in this VirtualBox Guest, and then connect your iOS devices to it.

However, you will notice that your iOS devices won’t go into the VirtualBox Guest. This is because there are some settings that you have not done yet.

Here are some of the main ones:

1) Make sure you install the VirtualBox extension pack

2) Add the user A to the vboxusers group. Launch your Terminal and put in the following command:

 sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers A 

This will add A to the vboxusers group.

Log out of account and log back in.

3) Navigate to Settings in your VirtualBox Guest and then USB.

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Enable USB Controller and Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller

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When you click on the filter with a plus, you should be able to see the device.



Install Telegram Desktop Successfully on Ubuntu MATE 15.04

Telegram is my go to messaging client. Its wonderful because it lets you review and reply from any platform and not constraint to one device like Whatsapp.

Since my move to Ubuntu MATE 15.04, I have been having some issue getting Telegram to install on the platform.

I tried this

sudo add-apt-repository
ppa:atareao/telegram sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram

And the Telegram program wouldn’t launch and exit without any error messages.

The following works for me:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram-desktop

Seems a change in repository for the better.