Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.1 is released!
By Fat Bloke on Dec 17, 2008
"Relentless" is how one commentator described it. Relentless development of the VirtualBox technology, and relentless uptake and adoption by the community.
Today, Sun announced version 2.1 of Sun xVM VirtualBox, the 3rd major release since the acquisition of innotek back in February, 2008. So what's new in this version and gimme some data on this "adoption" stuff?
As a simple soul, fatbloke has to group features into buckets and he's labelled the buckets: Faster, Easier and Interoperable.
- Hardware acceleration support on the Mac using VT-x capabilities of the Intel Core 2 chipset
- Hardware acceleration using the latest virtualization support in Intel Nehalem microarchitecture chips such as the Core i7
- OpenGL support for Windows guests for faster graphics intensive apps, e.g. Google Earth.
- New NAT engine improvements for faster networking
- New and easier configuration of Host Interface networking on Windows and Linux hosts. No more manual bridging on Windows or TUN/TAP gymnastics on Linux.
- New 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts, for example run Vista 64 on Windows XP 32-bit. (need 64 bit capable hardware though)
- Improved support for vmdk and vhd virtual disk formats, now including snapshots.
- Experimental support for LsiLogic and BusLogic SCSI controllers to aid migration from other platforms.
- and the existing iSCSI support works great to Sun's OpenStorage systems BTW. (i'll cover this in another blog real soon now)
According to the Adopto-meter there have been over 8Million downloads of VirtualBox and the rate at the moment is 25,000 per day (which we think puts us in 3rd place behind Java and MySQL).
So now do your bit... push the needle up a bit more by downloading and trying 2.1 now.