Oracle announced last evening, May 16th, a new update of its popular and powerful VirtualBox virtualization software. VirtualBox 4.0.8 is a maintenance release that brings lots of stability improvements and many bug fixes over previous versions.
The VirtualBox 4.0.8 binaries are now available for download (see the link at the end of the article) for Ubuntu 11.04, Debian Squeeze, Fedora 14, RHEL 6, openSUSE 11.4 and other Linux distributions. VirtualBox 4.0.8 is also available for Solaris, Windows and Macintosh platforms.
Highlights of VirtualBox 4.0.8:
· GNOME 3 rendering under Fedora 15 and Ubuntu 11.04 was fixed;
· X.Org Server 1.10 is now supported on Solaris;
· GCC and Make dependencies are now checked before building Linux kernel modules;
· The "controlvm screenshotpng" subcommand was added to save PNG screenshots of running VMs;
· Empty host key can now be set, in order to disallow any host key combination;
· The correct Ethernet addresses are now used by built-in services, in ARP requests and Ethernet header;
· Fixed Linux SMP guests issues (E1000);
· Guest disk (SATA) corruption was fixed (for guests with more than 2GB of RAM);
· Fixed snapshot data corruption when asynchronous I/O was enabled;
· Fixed snapshot restore issues;
· Various Floppy improvements;
· Fixed a Shared Folders mounting issue;
· Adapter reference counting on host networking was fixed;
· Wrong Guest Additions update notification was fixed (when vendor-specific version suffixes were used);
· Many of other bug fixes and improvements for Windows and Mac hosts.
VirtualBox is the most popular virtualization software, now owned by Oracle after it bought Sun Microsystems. It works on all major 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, and supports a large number of guest operating systems.
Oracle VM VirtualBox allows users to create "virtual machines" in their host operating system so that they can install any guest OS, facilitating the development, cross-platform running and testing of multi-tier applications on a single computer.
Download VirtualBox 4.0.8 right now from Softpedia.