Virtual Box 3.2 Beta

Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

chromeWhat’s the shucks? Its just an minor version release right? Oh sure, and the aliens in Independence Day were here for a picnic. A few goodies are included in this pending release —

* Following the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation, the product is now called Oracle VM VirtualBox and all references were changed without impacting compatibility.
* Experimental support for Mac OS X guests
* Memory ballooning to dynamically in- or decrease the amount of RAM used by a VM (64-bit hosts only) (see the manual for more information)
* CPU hot-plugging for Linux (hot-add and hot-remove) and certain Windows guests (hot-add only) (see the manual for more information)
* New Hypervisor features: with both VT-x/AMD-V on 64-bit hosts, using large pages can improve performance (see the manual for more information); also, on VT-x, unrestricted guest execution is now supported (if nested paging is enabled with VT-x, real mode and protected mode without paging code runs faster, which mainly speeds up guest OS booting)
* Support for deleting snapshots while the VM is running
* Support for multi-monitor guest setups in the GUI (see the manual for more information)
* USB tablet/keyboard emulation for improved user experience if no Guest Additions are available
* LsiLogic SAS controller emulation
* RDP video acceleration
* NAT engine configuration via API and VBoxManage
* Guest Additions: added support for executing guest applications from the host system
* OVF: enhanced OVF support with custom namespace to preserve settings that are not part of the base OVF standard

Did you catch that? Experimental support for MAC guest OS’s. Until now you have to go the other way. Use a MAC and Parallels to VM Windows and Linux. This could be a significant move if VB can make it work and Apple does not have a cow about it.

I will most likely do an update when the final version is released.