Wednesday, August 17, 2011

VirtualBox 4.1.2 Released with a Handful of GUI Changes

Just yesterday Oracle released version 4.1.2 of VirtualBox, a cross platform and powerful x86 and AMD64 virtualization product. 4.1.2 is more of a maintenance release however it still added a few new features also.


VirtualBox already supports cloning of guest OS/disk since version 4.1.0. Changes in this version importantly include:
  • GUI: added linked clone support
  • GUI: fixed error check when changing the VM controller settings (4.1.0 regression; bug #9246)
  • GUI: fixed the inclusion of additional information (license, vendor, ...) on OVF export
  • GUI: when taking a snapshot from the VM selector, don't do a live snapshot
  • USB: fixed device recognition issues (bugs #9299) and fixed several device capturing issues (Windows hosts; bug #9299)
  • USB: fixed issues with remote filters being applied to local USB devices
  • Linux hosts: fixed random kernel panics on host suspend / shutdown (4.1.0 regression; bug #9305)
Complete Changelog: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog

Ubuntu Installation

For those who have got VirtualBox installed already, they just need to fire up Update Manager or run this command for updating to the latest version:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Users of Lucid, Maverick and Natty can install the latest version of VirtualBox by adding VirtualBox repositories to their sources.list. To do so, get to a Terminal and run:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Copy the line from these which corresponds your Ubuntu release and paste it at the end of your source.list:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian natty contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib non-free
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib non-free

Save and close source.list and now for adding the key, run this command:

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

If successful, the output should be 'OK'. Now for installing VirtualBox, run:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1

Other Linux

Pre-compiled binaries of VirtualBox for almost all the famous Linux Distros are available for download here:

http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

There is also a repository for RPM based distributions e.g. Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS etc. You can find the instructions just near the bottom of the page linked above.

New to VirtualBox?

You can safely install any of your favorite OS inside VirtualBox for running simultaneously with the host OS. It doesn't effect your existing partitions at all as it is all about 'virtualization'. As a start, this post might help you gather some ideas:

http://www.tuxgarage.com/2011/01/install-windows-xp-or-7-inside-ubuntu.html

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