How to Install magicJack on Ubuntu

By Quinn Marshall

Magic Jack, a VoIP phone system that uses the Internet to make phone calls, unfortunately only officially supports Windows and Mac OS X. If you want to use the phone through a computer running Ubuntu Linux, you can install Windows onto Ubuntu using Virtualbox, and then run Magic Jack in the Windows virtual machine, allowing you to use the device without replacing your Ubuntu operating system.

Step 1

Click the "Software Center" button on the left-side toolbar. Type "Virtualbox" into the search field; then press "Enter." Click the "Install" button next to "Virtualbox" in the search results. The program will install automatically. Close the window once the installation has finished.

Step 2

Click the "Ubuntu" button on the top left side of the screen. Click "Virtualbox" under "Recently Installed Applications."

Step 3

Click "New," and then "Next." Type "Windows" into the "Name" field. Select "Microsoft Windows" from the "Operating System" drop-down menu, and then the version of Windows from the "Version" drop-down menu. Click "Next."

Step 4

Slide the slider to set the amount of hard drive space you want to dedicate to the virtual machine. Leave the boot hard drive settings to default; click "Next." Read the "Wizard" welcome screen, and then click "Next." Click "Next" again; then "Finish."

Step 5

Click "Start." The Virtual Machine will open, then an installation wizard will open. Select your CD drive from the drop-down menu. Click "Next." Click "Finish." The Windows installation menu will appear; follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows.

Step 6

Plug the Magic Jack USB device into your computer's USB port. Click "Devices" at the top of the screen, then click "USB Devices." Select the Magic Jack USB device from the list. The Windows operating system will automatically detect the Magic Jack device and launch its driver and software installation wizard. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device.