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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officially Released!

Simon Coter
Director of Product Management

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

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Comments ( 8 )
  • Raju Joseph Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Great !!

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


  • guest Thursday, July 30, 2015

    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


  • guest Thursday, July 30, 2015

    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


  • Simon Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

    Thank you.

    Simon


  • guest Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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


  • Simon Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    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


  • Edvinas Žiūkas Thursday, August 13, 2015

    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?


  • Honglin Su Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    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


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