After a couple of months of development, Oracle proudly announced last evening, July 19th, a major update to its popular and powerful VirtualBox virtualization software, VirtualBox 4.1.0, which brings lots of new features and many improvements.
The VirtualBox 4.1.0 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 4.1.0 is also available for Solaris, Windows and Macintosh platforms.
Being a major update, existing VirtualBox installations should be removed from the system before installing the new VirtualBox 4.1.0 version.
Highlights of VirtualBox 4.1.0:
· Support for cloning virtual machines via VBoxManage and the GUI;
· Improved "Create New Virtual Disk" wizard;
· Added "Copy Virtual Disk" wizard;
· The memory limit for 64-bit hosts was raised to 1 TB;
· PCI passthrough experimental support for Linux hosts;
· Easy query of modules and features in Guest Additions;
· Added "Generic Driver" network attachment mode, for distributable virtual network implementations;
· Fixed host-only networking crash in Linux kernels 2.6.29 or smaller;
· Added new Networking Mode UDP Tunnel to allow virtual machines running different hosts to transparently and easily interconnect;
· SATA hard disk hotplugging experimental support;
· Added new Crossbow-based bridged networking driver for Solaris 11 and later;
· Lots of bugfixes and improvements.
For a list with all the changes brought by VirtualBox 4.1, please check the official changelog.
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 4.1.0 right now from Softpedia.