VirtualBox 4.0 per Debian

Il rilascio è fresco e le novità promettono bene.

Tra le novità il nuovo repository:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian etch contrib

La chiave:

apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc

Per l’installazione o l’aggiornamento:

aptitude install virtualbox-4.0

More info: Virtualbox

Per problemi su USB 2.0 scaricare il pacchetto aggiuntivo : VirtualBox 4.0 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack

eseguire il file per installare le extension.

Riguardo le novità vi lascio il changelog:

VirtualBox 4.0.0 (released 2010-12-22)This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:
Reorganization of VirtualBox into a base package and Extension Packs; see chapter 1.5, Installing VirtualBox and extension packs, see the manual for more information
New settings/disk file layout for VM portability; see chapter 10.1, Where VirtualBox stores its files, see the manual for more information
Major rework of the GUI (now called “VirtualBox Manager”):
Redesigned user interface with guest window preview (also for screenshots)
New “scale” display mode with scaled guest display; see chapter 1.8.5, Resizing the machine’s window, see the manual for more information
Support for creating and starting .vbox desktop shortcuts (bug #1889)
The VM list is now sortable
Machines can now be deleted easily without a trace including snapshots and saved states, and optionally including attached disk images (bug #5511; also, VBoxManage unregistervm –delete can do the same now)
Built-in creation of desktop file shortcuts to start VMs on double click (bug #2322)
VMM: support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts
New virtual hardware:
Intel ICH9 chipset with three PCI buses, PCI Express and Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI); see chapter 3.4.1, “Motherboard” tab, see the manual for more information
Intel HD Audio, for better support of modern guest operating systems (e.g. 64-bit Windows; bug #2785)
Improvements to OVF support (see chapter 1.12, Importing and exporting virtual machines, see the manual for more information):
Open Virtualization Format Archive (OVA) support
Significant performance improvements during export and import
Creation of the manifest file on export is optional now
Imported disks can have formats other than VMDK
Resource control: added support for limiting a VM’s CPU time and IO bandwidth; see chapter 5.8, Limiting bandwidth for disk images, see the manual for more information
Storage: support asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images
Storage: support for resizing VDI and VHD images; see chapter 8.21, VBoxManage modifyhd, see the manual for more information.
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 APIsIn addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
VMM: Enable large page support by default on 64-bit hosts (applies to nested paging only)
VMM: fixed guru meditation when running Minix (VT-x only; bug #6557)
VMM: fixed crash under certain circumstances (Linux hosts only, non VT-x/AMD-V mode only; bugs #4529 and #7819)
GUI: add configuration dialog for port forwarding in NAT mode (bug #1657)
GUI: show the guest window content on save and restore
GUI: certain GUI warnings don’t stop the VM output anymore
GUI: fixed black fullscreen minitoolbar on KDE4 hosts (Linux hosts only; bug #5449)
BIOS: implemented multi-sector reading to speed up booting of certain guests (e.g. Solaris)
Bridged networking: improved throughput by filtering out outgoing packets intended for the host before they reach the physical network (Linux hosts only; bug #7792)
3D support: allow use of CR_SYSTEM_GL_PATH again (bug #6864)
3D support: fixed various clipping/visibility issues (bugs #5659, #5794, #5848, #6018, #6187, #6570)
3D support: guest application stack corruption when using glGetVertexAttrib[ifd]v (bug #7395)
3D support: fixed OpenGL support for libMesa 7.9
3D support: fixed Unity/Compiz crashes on natty
2D Video acceleration: multimonitor support
VRDP: fixed rare crash in multimonitor configuration
VRDP: support for upstream audio
Display: fixed occasional guest resize crash
NAT: port forwarding rules can be applied at runtime
SATA: allow to attach CD/DVD-ROM drives including passthrough (bug #7058)
Floppy: support readonly image files, taking this as the criteria for making the medium readonly (bug #5651)
Audio: fixed memory corruption during playback under rare circumstances
Audio: the DirectSound backend now allows VMs to be audible when another DirectSound application is active, including another VM (bug #5578)
EFI: support for SATA disks and CDROMs
BIOS: reduce the stack usage of the VESA BIOS function #4F01 (Quake fix)
OVF/OVA: fixed export of VMs with iSCSI disks
Storage: Apple DMG image support for the virtual CD/DVD (bug #6760)
Linux host USB support: introduced a less invasive way of accessing raw USB devices (bugs #1093, #5345, #7759)
Linux hosts: support recent Linux kernels with CONFIG_DEBUG_SET_MODULE_RONX set
Guest Additions: Shared Folders now can be marked as being auto-mounted on Windows, Linux and Solaris guests
Linux Additions: Shared Folders now support symbolic links (bug #818)
Linux Additions: combined 32-bit and 64-bit additions into one file
Windows Additions: automatic logon on Windows Vista/Windows 7 is now able to handle renamed user accounts; added various bugfixes

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