VirtualBox 1.6.4 | Utilities



VirtualBox 1.6.4 | Utilities

InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products
for enterprise as well as home use. Targeted at server, desktop and
embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization
solution that is also Open Source Software.

Some of the features of VirtualBox are:

* Modularity. VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-
defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design.
This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for
example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine
GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly
remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit:
even though it is Open Source Software, you don´t have to hack the
source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.

* Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of
virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the
local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be
ported to other computers.

* Guest Additions for Windows and Linux. VirtualBox has special
software that can be installed inside Windows and Linux virtual
machines to improve performance and make integration much more
seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are
mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by
resizing the guest window).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows and Linux 32-bit hosts and
supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not
limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows
3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

What’s New in version 1.6.4:

* AMD-V, VT-x: stability fixes

* Shared Folders: fixed host crash (Solaris host only, bugs #1336,

* Shared Folders: fixed BSOD when debugging with Visual Studio (bug

* Shared Folders: fixed BSOD when compiling on a shared folder (bug

* Shared Folders: several fixes/stability improvements

* SATA: fixed a race that could cause an occasional Windows guest
system hang

* SATA: fixed spurious BIOS log messages

* Networking: fixed NIC tracing with NAT interfaces (bug #1790)

* USB: fixed crash under certain conditions when unplugging a USB
device (bug #1295)

* Settings: fixed bug when converting 1.5.x settings

* RDP: fixed enabling the RDP server during runtime

* RDP: properly detect the rdesktop 1.6.0 RDP client

* RDP: fixed RDP crash (bug #1521)

* RDP: updated modified rdesktop client to version 1.6.0

* GUI: NLS improvements

* BIOS: added SMBIOS header to make Solaris and Vista recognize the
DMI data

* ACPI: properly hide a disabled floppy controller

* VMM: small fixes to protected mode without paging

* VMDK: fixed handling of .vmdk images without UUIDs

* Windows hosts: fixed driver parameter validation issue in
VBoxDrv.sys that could allow an attacker on the host to crash the

* Windows hosts: installer now contains web service examples mentioned
in the manual

* Linux hosts: properly deregister the Linux kernel module before
uninstalling a Linux deb/rpm package

* Linux hosts: kernel module works now with Linux 2.6.27

* Linux hosts: fixed a typo in the vboxnet setup script for host
network interfaces (bug #1714)

* Linux hosts: fixed usage of tar in installer (bug #1767)

* Linux hosts: fixed long guest shutdown time when serial port is

* Solaris hosts: refuse to install in Sun xVM hypervisor dom0

* Solaris hosts: accept Solaris raw disks when for raw disk access

* Windows additions: made installation of shared folders more robust

* Windows additions: improved installation

* Linux additions: accept every user-defined guest video mode in /etc/

* Linux additions: fixed startup order for recent Linux distributions
(e.g. openSUSE 11)

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