VirtualBox, the free virtualization solution for Mac, Windows, and Linux, has been updated to version 4.0.2, which brings some user interface improvements, and a ton of other fixes and tweaks, making this update a typical maintenance release.
In fact, it is labeled as one by Oracle
which claims that “the popularity of Oracle VM VirtualBox is evidenced by its more than 26 million downloads.”
Originally developed by Sun Microsystems, VirtualBox (now called “Oracle VM VirtualBox”) enables desktop and laptop computers to simultaneously run multiple operating systems, allowing users to get the most out of their PCs.
An alternative to more costly virtualization solutions like Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion, VirtualBox can be used without restrictions under the Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL).
The virtualization program is free to download and use on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows, and supports an extensive range of host and guest operating systems.
Highlights from the release notes accompanying the latest version are available below, followed by a download link to the updated program.
What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.0.2 Build 69518:
· GUI: don't crash if a removable host drive referenced from the VM settings vanished
· GUI: fixed a crash when using the KDE4 Oxygen theme and clicked on the settings button (4.0 regression; bug #7875)
· GUI: properly warn if the machine folder cannot be created (bug #8031)
· GUI: several fixes for multimonitor X11 guests
· ExtPack: improved user experience on Vista / Windows 7 when installing an extension pack
· VBoxManage: Host-only interface creation and removal is now supported for all platforms except Solaris (bug #7741)
· VBoxManage: fixed segmentation fault when removing non-existent host-only interface
· Storage: don’t eject the physical medium if a DVD/CDROM/ﬂoppy drive is detached from a VM (bug #5825)
· Parallels: fixed deletion of the image during suspend, pause or power off (4.0 regression)
· Settings: fixed issue that changing a snapshot name or description was not saved to machine XMLDownload VirtualBox for Mac (Free)