Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officially Released!

We are proud to announce the availability of:

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See the official Oracle announcement here.

New data sheet with all features available on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is already available here.

I would like to highlight just a few of the many new features:

Paravirtualization support for modern Windows and Linux guests

Oracle VM VirtualBox is able to expose a paravirtualization interface to facilitate accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual machine platform is defined, Oracle VM VirtualBox improves guest OS performances by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and Hyper-V on Windows guests).

xHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices

Guest operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest can now be configured to use USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

Improved Drag & Drop support

Starting from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 we improved the support of a bi-directional drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.

Disk image encryption

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging AES algorithm in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a further security feature that will ask for a password while starting the virtual machine.

Headless and Detachable start options

Oracle VM VirtualBox now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual machine continues to work.

Further GUI improvements:

  • VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)

  • New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling

  • New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images

  • HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)

  • Hotplugging support for SATA disks

  • Improved HID LEDs synchronization for Mac and Windows hosts

  • Take the guest screen aspect ratio into account for the preview window

  • Provide direct access to storage media in the VM selector

If you need further details, please refer to Official Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 data sheet, User Manual and virtualbox.org website.

The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

Comments:

Great !!
Encryption, Hot-plugging disks and Headless start are my favorites.

Posted by Raju Joseph on July 28, 2015 at 04:49 AM PDT #

Thanks for the newer version. Does this version support installation on a Windows 10 host OS ?

Just wondering whether should I upgrade my host's OS to Win 10 as offered by Microsoft (or will that break VirtualBox)?

- Rakesh

Posted by guest on July 29, 2015 at 07:57 PM PDT #

I have been using VirtualBox from many years and I really love it.
But after installing this version I am having trouble in "Bridged Adapter" Mode in which cannot access internet and also run terminal "Update" commands but able to using networking commands.
Able to access internet in NAT Mode.
Tried previous version but didn't have this peculiar problem.

Host System: Win 8.1 Pro x64
Guest System : Ubuntu 14.04
Guest System : Kali Linux 1.1.0

Posted by guest on July 30, 2015 at 06:02 AM PDT #

Please, post you technical question on virtualbox forum: https://forum.virtualbox.org
Thank you.

Simon

Posted by Simon on July 30, 2015 at 06:19 AM PDT #

very buggy version. background processes with crashs, and with many lan disconnections that afect the host too. Waiting for 5.1...

Posted by guest on August 05, 2015 at 02:52 AM PDT #

Hi "Guest",

please post your problems on our virtualbox forum ( https://forum.virtualbox.org )or, if you are an enterprise customer, open a Service Request on https://support.oracle.com .

Thank you.

Simon

Posted by Simon on August 05, 2015 at 02:56 AM PDT #

Hello, I want to ask a question about Microsoft Windows 7 vritual mashine license: Do I have to buy a new one, or can I use the license I have (WIndows 7 ultimate 64 Bit), when I will instal win 7 vritual mashine on windows 10 via Oracle Vritual box? And is the regular (original) CD will fit?

Posted by Edvinas Žiūkas on August 13, 2015 at 07:16 AM PDT #

For the question about Microsoft Windows software license, you may refer to Microsoft page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/product-licensing/virtualization.aspx

Posted by Honglin Su on August 18, 2015 at 01:55 PM PDT #

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