Tuesday Jul 12, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.0 is now available!

Latest release provides improved multimedia support, increased Linux integration and new bug reporting helper tool.

To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software.

A key tool for developers and users creating cloud and local applications without the overhead of using a full server environment, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers. It allows users to set up multi-platform virtual machine environments for software development, testing, and general purpose operating system (OS) virtualization, with optional runtime encryption. Software engineers can develop for cloud technologies such as Docker and OpenStack from within Oracle VM VirtualBox VMs directly on their Windows, Mac OS, Oracle Linux and other Linux operating systems, and Oracle Solaris machines, making it easier to create multi-tier applications with just a standard laptop. Oracle VM VirtualBox also enables users to create and update virtual machines locally, including the OS and applications, and then package them into an industry standard file format for easy distribution and cloud deployment in conjunction with Oracle VM Server, or other server virtualization solutions. Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to run nearly any standard x86 OS to run applications that are not available natively on their systems.

With thousands of downloads for each day, Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 continues to remain the best virtualization solution available for standard desktop and laptop computers and, at the same time, addresses the challenges to enable the use of a wide range of virtual machine environments and operating system with emulation of latest technologies available, improved performance and increased integration.

The 5.1 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New main capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 are:

  • Improved Performance: Significantly improved performance for multi-CPU virtual machines and networking.
  • Bug Reporting Tool: New utility able to collect all the information and logs related to the host and guest operating system, for debug or analysis purposes.
  • Improved Logging Window: New logging functionalities to highlight and filter information related to guest Virtual Machines.
  • Improved multimedia availability: Improved support for different USB devices and multi-channel audio availability.
  • Flash storage emulation: New NVMHCI storage controller emulation available, able to emulate NVME devices - Flash storage - on guest Virtual Machine.
  • Improved Linux integration: Automatic modules deployment in case of a Linux Kernel upgrade and improved systemd integration for the latest releases of popular Linux distributions.

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Thursday Jul 07, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Release Candidate 1 now available.

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.1 Release Candidate 1.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Jun 28, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.24 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 24.

This release is a major improvement which include a list of improvements and bug fixes.

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jun 17, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3 released!

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3.

This minor release includes following fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2:

  • GUI: more multi-screen full-screen issues fixed for Windows host (layout change, host-screen reattaching
  • GUI: fixing Solaris crash in VM settings dialog, see here
  • VMM: Paravirt fixes
  • VMM: fixes on Mac OS X
  • VMM: I/O-APIC fixes and improvements
  • VMM: many other fixes
  • VMM: fixes for 64-bit Solaris on 32-bit hosts
  • ACPI: fixes for passing through the battery information to the guest
  • Main: raised the initial values for RAM, VRAM and hard disk size for certain guests
  • Main: WinXP guests defaults to E1000 (PRO/1000 T Server), better performance
  • E1000: implemented interrupt throttling improving the performance under certain conditions
  • Linux hosts: fixed several Qt5 problems when using the .run packages on recent Linux distributions, see here
  • Linux installer: remove old VBox kernel modules before installing the new version
  • X11 Additions: the drag and drop service of VBoxClient was blocked for 60 seconds during shutdown, see here

See all the details related to Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3 here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. 

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Thursday Jun 16, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.22 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 22.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

  • VMM: properly restore the complete FPU state for 32-bit guests on 64-bit hosts on Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs
  • Guest Additions: fixes for Kernel 4.7
  • Windows Hosts: fixed performance regression with SMP guests
  • See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2 released!

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2.

This minor release includes following fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1:

  • GUI: don't crash when showing the Beta popup message window
  • GUI: multi-screen full-screen layout fixed for Windows host (Qt5 regression)
  • GUI: don't allow to start subsequent separate VM instances
  • SDK: reduced memory usage in the webservice Java bindings
  • Settings: fixed regression with disabling audio
  • Settings: fixed regression with saving snapshots (only .vbox file is corrupted needing manual repair, disk images are intact; 5.1 Beta 1 regression)
  • Linux installer: Several path fixes for deb/rpm packages for older Linux distributions where we ship our own Qt5 libraries, see here.
  • Solaris Additions: added support for X.org 1.18

 

See all the details related to Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2 here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

Feedback and comments are obviously appreciated. 

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Apr 29, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.20 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 20.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

  • Windows hosts/guests: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
  • Storage: fixed a regression causing write requests from the BIOS to cause a Guru Meditation with the LsiLogic SCSI controller
  • Improved NAT Networking

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Monday Apr 18, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.18 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 18.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

  • Windows hosts/guests: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
  • PC Speaker passthrough: fixes available
  • Linux hosts: kernel 4.5/4.6 fixes available

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Nov 10, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.10 Released!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 10.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Happy Friday!

It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

  • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
  • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
  • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

It’s just a great tool.

There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

Have a great week!
-Chris

Monday Jul 06, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 (RC3)

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 ( RC3 ).

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from Release Candidate 2.

Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum here .

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox RC3 release on production machines. A VirtualBox RC should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Thursday Jun 25, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 2 (RC2)

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 2.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate release on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate release on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Happy Friday!

A new Oracle press release this week highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 1, 2013

Welcome to Friday, we hope you had a good week! It was exciting for us here (especially those with Android tablets!) due to the announcement of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1. So, our Friday spotlight is the news release "Oracle Secure Global Desktop Adds Support for Android Tablets".

Have a great week!

-Chris 

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