OSGeo Live on virtual box


For those of you who still wants to keep windows as their main operating system but wants to try the goodies of Free and Open Source software for Geo (FOSS4Geo), OSGeo has many options like live DVD and virtual box VMs. All you have to do is to install Virtual Box and download OSGeo virtual machine (plus 7zip for extracting zipped file). Follow the instruction below


Download will take time as it is around 3GB (I downlaoded vdkm), extratct using the following command (if you are on windows, use 7zip GUI)

7z x software-backup/osgeo-live-vm-8.0.7z

When you will run command sudo apt-get update, password is require and it is “user” (on desktop, there is a file named passwords.txt, contains all the passwords e.g. OS-user ‘user’ has password ‘user’)

One more thing, to set screen to a reasonable size, at the end of OSGeo blog there are some commands, if they do not work (like in my case) go to  start -> System Tools -> Synaptic Package Manager and install the following packages (read my old blog about it Resize virtual machine’s desktop in VirtualBox)

apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms

The first package will install second package as dependencies however you have to install third package. If successful with installation, you should see a desktop like below


What it contains

  1. Libraries with paths configured (this is what you need the most e.g. gdal)
  2. Programming languages like python (with packages installed)
  3. QGIS, GRASS GIS, gvSIG, OpenJump, SAGA GIS and uDig
  4. R Statistics
  5. and many more 🙂

Trust me, for new users, the first two are very important as they reduce complexities and frustration (a big thanks to OSGeo of course ).