Oracle VirtualBox 4.0 released

Dec 23rd, 2010No Comments

Oracle have released version 4.0 of their VirtualBox virtualization solution that they received as part of their recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

Announced in an Oracle press release and also in a mailing list announcement, the new release comes only 22 days after the latest “maintenance” release for version 3.2, and after a short 2 week beta period.

Oracle say version 4.0 “is a major update” that “delivers improved usability, performance and scalability”.

The VirtualBox 4.0 Changelog lists a lot of “major new features” as well as a long list of fixes over the 3.2 version.

New features (include):

  • Major rework of the GUI
  • VMM: support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts
  • New virtual hardware support
  • Improvements to OVF support
  • Resource control
  • Storage: support asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images
  • Storage: support for resizing VDI and VHD images
  • Guest Additions: support for multiple virtual screens in Linux and Solaris guests using X.Org server 1.3 and later
  • Language bindings: uniform Java bindings for both local (COM/XPCOM) and remote (SOAP) invocation APIs

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