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VirtualBox 5.0 officially released

We are proud to announce the availability of:

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of
enhancement and bug fixes.

See
the official Oracle announcement
here.

New
data sheet with all features available on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is already
available
here.

I would like to highlight just a few of the many new features:

Paravirtualization
support for modern Windows and Linux guests

Oracle VM VirtualBox
is able to expose a paravirtualization interface to facilitate
accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual
machine platform is defined, Oracle VM VirtualBox improves guest OS performances
by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and
Hyper-V on Windows guests).

xHCI
controller to support USB 3.0 devices

Guest
operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices
and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest can now be configured to use
USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

Improved
Drag & Drop support

Starting
from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 we improved the support of a bi-directional
drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.

Disk
image encryption

Oracle VM VirtualBox
5.0 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging AES algorithm
in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of
the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a
further security feature that will ask for a password while starting
the virtual machine.

Headless
and Detachable start options

Oracle VM VirtualBox
now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a
separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual
machine continues to work.

Further
GUI improvements:

  • VM
    guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)

  • New
    User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar
    and guest-content scaling

  • New
    Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk
    images

  • HiDPI
    support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI
    output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)

  • Hotplugging
    support for SATA disks

  • Improved
    HID LEDs synchronization for Mac and Windows hosts

  • Take
    the guest screen aspect ratio into account for the preview window

  • Provide
    direct access to storage media in the VM selector

If
you need further details, please refer to Official Oracle VM
VirtualBox 5.0 data sheet, User Manual and virtualbox.org website.

The
Oracle VM VirtualBox Team


 

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