Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.1 is released!

"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?

What's New

As a simple soul, fatbloke has to group features into buckets and he's labelled the buckets: Faster, Easier and Interoperable.

Faster

  • 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

Easier

  • 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)

Interoperability

  • 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)

Adoption

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.

-FB


Comments:

Excited about the OpenGL support for Windows Guests! Hopefully this leads to some lightweight gaming ability.

Posted by Rob on December 17, 2008 at 11:24 AM GMT #

Hi, Can the xVM/VirtualBox team talk to the Jumpbox guys and see if they can make VirtualBox a supported platform

http://www.jumpbox.com/

Posted by Yusuf Goolamabbas on December 17, 2008 at 08:51 PM GMT #

We're always willing to talk to anyone who wants to use VirtualBox. Point them our way.

-FB

Posted by Fat Bloke on December 18, 2008 at 02:38 AM GMT #

Okay, I sent them a tweet. Recommend that you sound out other xVM/Virtualbox guys in Sun to send a note to Jumpbox.

http://twitter.com/yusufg/statuses/1064830553

Posted by Yusuf Goolamabbas on December 18, 2008 at 05:04 AM GMT #

Just wanted to followup on the JumpBox question, I'm the CEO of JumpBox and we're well aware of VirtualBox and the desire of people to have it supported directly by our products. JumpBoxes will actually run on VirtualBox today if you create a VM using our VMDK disks, however there are still some limitations in VirtualBox that have kept it off our supported list to this point. I've talked with people from the VirtualBox team at Sun and they are well aware of the issues and it is on their roadmap to fix them.

With each new release VirtualBox gets a little bit better and I'm anxiously awaiting the day we can add it to the supported list.

Posted by Kimbro Staken on December 18, 2008 at 10:03 AM GMT #

2.1 is a HUGE improvement! Solved all the various crashing and installation issues I've had. As a matter of fact, there's now only one thing left on my VBox wishlist... Hopefully the VBox people can get guest additions working inside Solaris soon! :-)

Posted by Brian Knoblauch on December 21, 2008 at 05:17 AM GMT #

Hi, I'm one of the founders of JumpBox. Here's a screencast that will show you how to get a JumpBox running on VirtualBox in about 5min:
http://blog.jumpbox.com/2008/12/22/jumpbox-on-virtualbox/

Reiterating what Kimbro said, this is NOT yet an officially supported virtualization platform for us. It will work most of the time but we have seen the occasional failure to grab an IP address. Please direct any questions/comments on this topic to the post above. Given the recent strides that have been made with it we look forward to being able to declare official support for it soon.

Sean

Posted by Sean Tierney on December 22, 2008 at 10:39 AM GMT #

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