By Duleepa Wijayawardhana on Dec 22, 2008
In case you weren't aware Virtualbox had a major update to 2.1 last week. I decided to give it a try on my Ubuntu host. One of the things I've complained about when it comes to Virtualbox has been its rather hard to set up Host Interface Networking on both Linux and Windows. Yes, it's not really that complicated with TUN/TAP interfaces or manual bridging, but for a program that's competing with the likes of Parallels and VMWare, the annoyance of Host Interface Networking setup is something I consider a potential "barrier-to-entry" for a normal, non-technical person.
Well, with 2.1 one of the features is support for a new way of doing Host Interface Networking, more like the Mac OSX version of Virtualbox. Very neat, you simply just select the active network interface and Vbox does all the work for you.
Now, there are probably bugs :) I just noticed on my both my CentOS guest and my Ubuntu Server guest I'm getting duplicate ICMP packets being returned. It's a start anyway!