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Yesterday, the team at Oracle released VirtualBox 6.0.0, a free and open-source hosted hypervisor for x86 computers. VirtualBox was initially developed by Innotek GmbH, which was then acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2008 and then by Oracle in 2010. VirtualBox is a virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. It is an extremely feature rich, high-performance product for enterprise customers.

Features of VirtualBox 6.0.0

User interface

  • Virtual 6.0.0 comes with a greatly improved HiDPI and scaling support which includes better detection and per-machine configuration.
  • User interface is simpler and more powerful.
  • It also comes with a new file manager that enables users to control the guest file system and copy files between host and guest.

Graphics

  • VirtualBox 6.0.0 features 3D graphics support for Windows guests, and VMSVGA 3D graphics device emulation on Linux and Solaris guests.
  • It comes with an added support for surround speaker setups.
  • It also comes with added utility vboximg-mount on Apple hosts for accessing the content of guest disks on the host.
  • In VirtualBox 6.0.0, there is an added support for Hyper-V to avoid the inability to run VMs at low performance.
  • VirtualBox 6.0.0 comes with support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle cloud infrastructure
  • This release comes with a better application and virtual machine set-up

Linux guests

  • This release now supports Linux 4.20 and VMSVGA.
  • The process of building vboxvideo on EL 7.6 standard kernel has been improved with this release.

Other features

  • Support for DHCP options.
  • MacOS Guest initial support.
  • Now it is possible to configure upto four custom ACPI tables for a VM.
  • With this release, video and audio recordings can be separately enabled.
  • Better support for attaching and detaching remote desktop connections.

Major bug fixes

  • The previous release used to throw wrong instruction after single-step exception with rdtsc. This issue has been resolved with this release.
  • This release comes with improved audio/video recording.
  • This issues with serial port emulation have been fixed.
  • The resizing issue with disk images has been resolved.
  • This release comes with an improved shared folder for auto-mounting.
  • Issues with BIOS has been fixed.

Read more about this news on VirtualBox’s changelog.

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