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VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 2 available

Oracle started Beta-testing for the upcoming new major release, VirtualBox 5.0. VirtualBox 5.0 brings para-virtualization support for Linux guests, with a lot improvements like various GUI improvements, bi-directional drag & drop support to guests & disk image encryption support.



According to Oracle VirtualBox 5.0 will be a new major release.

Here is an extract of some changes since VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 1:

  • VMM: added support for using paravirtualization providers with raw-mode VMs
  • GUI: encryption passwords no more centered (see here)
  • GUI: canceling encryption password prompt at VM startup proposing to close VM (see here)
  • GUI: Enter/Return key press for the last (or single) entry of the encryption password prompt accepts the dialog (see here)
  • GUI: VM menu-bar contents reordering – moving some of unusual for the Help menu stuff into separate File menu (see here)
  • GUI: scaling support will use the old smooth mechanism for the software renderer case (see here)
  • GUI: optimized medium enumeration for the large differencing trees
  • GUI: USB controller types for the given VM are now reflected in VM details pane
  • GUI: avoid error message during shutdown of a separate VM (see here)
  • GUI: fixed a rare crash when starting VM in separate mode
  • Drag and drop: fixed a crash when copying over host elements to the guest
  • Audio: don’t crash when attaching via RDP to a VM with disabled audio (see here)
  • Input: fixed vertical scrolling and buttons 4/5 in PS/2 !ImEx protocol (see here)
  • 3D: fix crash on restoring state on X11 hosts (bug #12737)
    Bridged Networking: avoid host networking stack pause/restart on VM start/stop/pause (Windows hosts only; see here)
  • API: fixed long-standing issue (Windows host only) which caused loss of error information for the VM start operation
  • API: fixed too strict condition for changing extradata settings of newly created VMs (see here)
  • API: fixed too strict condition for creating persistent shared folders (see here)
    rdesktop-vrdp: upgraded to version 1.8.3
  • BIOS: fix for booting from SCSI CD/DVD media (see here)
  • BIOS: fix for reads partially beyond end of disk (bug 14021)
  • Windows Additions/WDDM: improved video memory utilization and allow more/bigger guest screens with large resolutions (including HiDPI)
  • Linux Additions: fix for Linux guest kernels < 2.6.13 (e.g. RHEL4; see here)
    Added serial port forwarding via TCP socket

Beta 2 of VirtualBox is available for download here (not recommended for use on production machines for virtualization).