Posted by: Chris Barylick
Date: Monday, September 9th, 2013, 08:53
Category: News, Software
There’s nothing wrong with a regular update to a useful program.
VirtualBox, an open source x86 virtualization project available for free has just hit version 4.2.18. The new version, a 110 megabyte download, features the following fixes and changes:
- VMM: properly handle NMIs on Linux hosts with X2APIC enabled.
- VMM: fixed potential crashes with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11979).
- GUI / seamless: properly handle mouse wheel scroll events.
- GUI, VBoxManage: when unregistering a VM, also unregister the hard disk images which are used exclusively (bug #10311).
- GUI: prevent crashes under certain conditions on X11 hosts.
- 3D: multiscreen fixes (incorrect mouse position, flickers).
- 3D Support: several fixes for the Windows WDDM video driver (multiscreen, seamless).
- Snapshots: made live snapshots work again (bug #9255).
- Teleportation: made it work again (bug #9455).
- VBoxManage: on snapshot take, –pause is default and –live is for doing live snapshots.
- VBoxSVC: don’t crash on systems with many VLAN interfaces (Solaris hosts only).
- Network: after the host resumes from suspend, disconnect and reconnect the virtual network cables to force renewing the DHCP leases for the guests. So far only Mac OS X hosts and Windows hosts (bug #10063).
- NAT: on name server changes force a reconnect of the virtual network cable to notify the guest (Mac OS X hosts only).
- Mac OS X installer: keep previously installed Extension Packs on VirtualBox upgrade.
- Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.11 fixes (bug #12001).
- Solaris hosts: fixed a potential kernel panic caused due to unexpected preemption due to logging.
- Windows hosts: fixed an issue with USB2 devices being inaccessible when plugged into USB3 ports.
- Linux Additions: added PCI device identifier to vboxvideo.ko fixing DRI initialization under certain conditions (bug #11957).
- Linux Additions: fixed udev detection in the init script with Linux 3.x kernels.
VirtualBox 4.2.18 is available for free and requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.
If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback, please let us know.