Thursday, May 8, 2008

VirtualBox 1.6 released

The first major release since being acquired by Sun Microsystems is now available. Version 1.6 has new Mac and Solaris host platform support, new high performance virtual devices, improved scalability and Web Services.

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:
  • Solaris and Mac OS X host support
  • Seamless windowing for Linux and Solaris guests
  • Guest Additions for Solaris
  • A webservice API
  • SATA hard disk (AHCI) controller
  • Experimental Physical Address Extension (PAE) support

In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • GUI: added accessibility support (508)
  • GUI: VM session information dialog
  • VBoxHeadless: renamed from VBoxVRDP
  • VMM: reduced host CPU load of idle guests
  • VMM: many fixes for VT-x/SVM hardware-supported virtualization
  • ATA/IDE: better disk geometry compatibility with VMware images
  • ATA/IDE: virtualize an AHCI controller
  • Storage: better write optimization, prevent images from growing unnecessarily.
  • Network: support PXE booting with NAT
  • Network: fixed the Am79C973 PCNet emulation for Nexenta guests
  • NAT: improved builtin DHCP server (implemented DHCPNAK response)
  • NAT: port forwarding stopped when restoring the VM from a saved state
  • NAT: make subnet configurable
  • XPCOM: moved to libxml2
  • XPCOM: fixed VBoxSVC autostart race
  • Audio: SoundBlaster 16 emulation
  • USB: fixed problems with USB 2.0 devices
  • MacOS X: fixed seamless mode
  • MacOS X: better desktop integration, several look’n’feel fixes
  • MacOS X: switched to Quartz2D framebuffer
  • MacOS X: added support for shared folders
  • MacOS X: added support for clipboard integration
  • Solaris: added host audio playback support (experimental)
  • Solaris: made it possible to run VirtualBox from non-global zones
  • Shared Folders: made them work for NT4 guests
  • Shared Folders: many bugfixes to improve stability
  • Seamless windows: added support for Linux guests
  • Linux installer: support DKMS for compiling the kernel module
  • Linux host: compatibility fixes with Linux 2.6.25
  • Windows host: support for USB devices has been significantly improved; many additional USB devices now work
  • Windows Additions: automatically install AMD PCNet drivers on Vista guests
  • Linux additions: several fixes, experimental support for RandR 1.2
  • Linux additions: compatibility fixes with Linux 2.6.25

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Anonymous said...

what does this have to do with wine?

twickline said...


It doesn't have anything to do with Wine, the reason why I posted the Vmware and VirtualBox
releases is because im thinking about broadening the scope of the blog to cover more then
just Wine. I thought to start with I would just post about their releases and if people liked the
idea maybe expand the idea and have the blog go from a 100% Wine blog to a more general
Virtualization/Emulation blog.

What do you think about this?

Should we just stick with Wine or expand and also cover Vmware, VirtualBox & Dosbox?


Anonymous said...

just my opinion. I like the blog the way it is. Its very specific, and I think if you broaden the focus, it will just be like every other blog.

Rolandixor said...

I like the expansion.
It's very useful.