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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 is now available!

Simon Coter
Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux and Virtualization

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 delivers security updates and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 5.1 major release.

Notable enhancements in this release:

  • VM export to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic (OCI Classic) format
  • Automatic, unattended guest OS installation for Oracle VM VirtualBox Virtual Machines
  • Improved Virtual Machine Tools, including a new dynamic interface to manage Virtual Machine configuration and snapshot capabilities
  • New Global Tools handling
    • Virtual Media Manager manages media attributes like size, location, type and description
    • Host Network Manager simplifies managing corresponding networks and their attributes
  • GUI accessibility
    • New GUI icons for VirtualBox on all platforms (Windows, Linux, Oracle Solaris and Mac OS X)
    • Enhanced Virtual Machine Selector
    • Extended audio settings, with the option to enable/disable audio input/output
    • Snapshot Pane updates allow easier management of snapshot attributes, like name and description
  • Audio
    • Device enumeration support for audio backends (optional)
    • Support for host device callbacks (optional) and further enhancements
    • HDA emulation now uses asynchronous data processing in separate threads
  • Storage
    • Support for CUE/BIN images as CD/DVD media including multiple tracks
    • Support for the controller memory buffer feature for NVMe

All enhancements and fixes can be found in the official Oracle VM VirtualBox change-log file.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Supported Upgrade Path

Oracle VM VirtualBox can be easily upgraded from older releases, like 4.x or 5.x, to the 5.2 release on all platforms.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Product Support      

All "Host" and "Guest" platforms supported can be found at this link.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Software Download

Oracle VM VirtualBox GA releases are available at oracle.com. 

Oracle VM VirtualBox Test-build release can be downloaded at virtualbox.org.

Oracle VM VirtualBox Overview

To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on-premises and cloud applications, Oracle has announced that Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software, is generally available today.

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 X, Linux, 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.



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Comments ( 2 )
  • Max Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    There is no mention about upgrade virtual box from lower version to higher version
  • Simon Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    Hi Max,

    to upgrade you only need to run the installation of updated release; the same will manage the upgrade of software components installed.
    Consider that actually latest release available is 5.2.10.

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