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Virtualbox updated: Version 2.1.2

January 22, 2009

A laundry list of bug fixes were released in Wednesday’s update. Of special interest are:

  • VMM: allow running up to 1023 VMs on 64-bit hosts (used to be 127)
  • VMM: several FreeBSD guest related fixes (bugs #2342, #2341, #2761)
  • VMM: clear MSR_K6_EFER_SVME after probing for AMD-V (bug #3058)
  • VMM: fixed hang during OS/2 MCP2 boot (AMD-V and VT-x only)
  • VMM: fixed random crashes related to FPU/XMM with 64 bits guests on 32 bits hosts
  • VMM: fixed occasional XMM state corruption with 64 bits guests
  • VMM: speed improvements for real mode and protected mode without paging (software virtualization only)
  • GUI: raised the RAM limit for new VMs to 75% of the host memory
  • GUI: added Windows 7 as operating system type
  • VBoxSDL: fixed -fixed fixedmode parameter (bug #3067)
  • Clipboard: stability fixes (Linux and Solaris hosts only, bug #2675 and #3003)
  • 3D support: fixed VM crashes for certain guest applications (bugs #2781, #2797, #2972, #3089)
  • LsiLogic: improved support for Windows guests (still experimental)
  • VGA: fixed a 2.1.0 regression where guest screen resize events were not properly handled (bug #2783)
  • VGA: better handling for VRAM offset changes (fixes GRUB2 and Dos DOOM display issues)
  • VGA: custom VESA modes with invalid widths are now rounded up to correct ones (bug #2895)
  • IDE: fixed ATAPI passthrough support (Linux hosts only; bug #2795)
  • Networking: fixed kernel panics due to NULL pointer dereference in Linux kernels < 2.6.20 (Linux hosts only; bug #2827)
  • Networking: fixed the issue with displaying hostif NICs without assigned IP addresses (Linux hosts only; bug #2780)
  • Networking: fixed the issue with sent packets coming back to internal network when using hostif (Linux hosts only; bug #3056).
  • NAT: fixed booting from the builtin TFTP server (bug #1959)
  • NAT: fixed occasional crashes (bug #2709)
  • SATA: vendor product data (VPD) is now configurable
  • SATA: fixed timeouts in the guest when using raw VMDK files (Linux host only, bug #2796)
  • SATA: huge speed up during certain I/O operations like formatting a drive
  • SATA/IDE: fixed possible crash/errors during VM shutdown
  • VRDP: fixed RDP client disconnects
  • VRDP: fixed VRDP server misbehavior after a broken client connection
  • Linux hosts: don’t depend on libcap1 anymore (bug #2859)
  • Linux hosts: compile fixes for 2.6.29-rc1
  • Linux hosts: don’t drop any capability if the VM was started by root (2.1.0 regression)
  • Windows Additions: fixed guest property and logging OS type detection for Windows 2008 and Windows 7 Beta
  • Windows Additions: added support for Windows 7 Beta (bugs #2995, #3015)
  • Windows Additions: fixed Windows 2000 guest freeze when accessing files on shared folders (bug #2764)
  • Windows Additions: fixed Ctrl-Alt-Del handling when using VBoxGINA
  • Windows Additions Installer: Added /extract switch to only extract (not install) the files to a directory (can be specified with /D=path)
  • Linux installer and Additions: added support for the Linux From Scratch distribution (bug #1587) and recent Gentoo versions (bug #2938)
  • Additions: added experimental support for X.Org Server 1.6 RC on Linux guests
  • Linux Additions: fixed bug which prevented to properly set fmode on mapped shared folders (bug #1776)
  • Linux Additions: fixed appending of files on shared folders (bug #1612)
  • Linux Additions: ignore noauto option when mounting a shared folder (bug #2498)
  • Linux Additions: fixed a driver issue preventing X11 from compiling keymaps (bug #2793 and #2905)
  • X11 Additions: workaround in the mouse driver for a server crash when the driver is loaded manually (bug #2397)

While my workstation has been Linux-based since the 1990’s, I have been using virtualbox to “contain” my Windows workstation-within-a-workstation since Sun purchased Virtualbox from Innotek in 2008. Virtualbox provides a rich, high performance workstation experience (fast video, good sound and USB 2.0 support) albeit at the sacrifice of considerable CPU overhead.

Download the updated open source version here or the Sun xVM version here.

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