Well, Ubuntu 20.04 is the next major release in Ubuntu lifecycle releases. It has been codenamed Focal Fossa. Follow through this guide to learn how to install Ubuntu 20.04 on VirtualBox. Ubuntu Long Term Support releases are published every two years in April and hence, based on this trend, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) will likely be released on April 2020. However, the daily builds are now available for the enthusiasts to test it out.
Install Ubuntu 20.04 on VirtualBox
Download Ubuntu 20.04 Daily Build Image
For testing purposes, Ubuntu 20.04 daily build images are now available for downloads. Hence, to install it on VirtualBox, you need to first obtain the image. We will be installing the Desktop version of Ubuntu 20.04 in this guide and thus, grab an ISO file from Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Daily Builds page. You can simply get the ISO link and pull it down using wget command.
wget http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/focal-desktop-amd64.iso -P ~/Downloads
Create New Virtual Machine
Once you have the Focal Fossa ISO file in place, launch VirtualBox and create a new Virtual Machine.
Assign the virtual Machine a memory of at least 1024 MB.
Create a virtual hard disk for the virtual machine
Choose the type of virtual hard disk to create. In this demo, we choose the default VDI.
Next, choose how the disk should be allocated. Dynamic allocation is selected in this demo.
Set the size and location of the disk image.
Click create to create the Virtual Machine.
Attach Installation ISO File
Once the virtual machine is created, select it and press Ctrl+s to launch the VM settings wizard.
Click storage settings and attach the ISO file as IDE controller.
You might also want to attach more Network interfaces. Click on Network settings.
Feel free to configure any other setting to your preference, like adjusting the size of memory and number of CPU cores to assign to the VM etc.
Install Ubuntu 20.04
Now start your Virtual machine to launch the installation.
At this point, you got two options. You can either try Ubuntu without installing or you can actually install it permanently on your disk. Let’s install Ubuntu 20.04. Select your language and click Install Ubuntu.
Select your keyboard layout and click continue.
On the Updates and Software selection section, you can choose what apps to install to start with.
On the Installation type, you can choose to erase the disk and install Ubuntu. You can as well click advanced features to set LVM, disk encryption or try out experimental ZFS.
Click Install Now to write changes to the disk and proceed with installation.
Choose your location and proceed to create your login username and password.
Next, click continue to start the installation of Ubuntu 20.04 on VirtualBox
Once the installation completes, click restart now to restart your VM.
Login to your Ubuntu 20.04 vm.
And there you go.
You have successfully install Ubuntu 20.04 on VirtualBox. Enjoy your testing of this awesome OS.
Learn how to install VirtualBox guest additions on Ubuntu 20.04 to get full screen view in our next guide.