VirtualBox 3.2.8

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris 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), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

What's new:

  • VMM: properly terminate the VM with an error if the guest is trying to switch to the PAE mode but PAE is disabled in the VM settings
  • GUI: switch to native file dialogs (Windows hosts only; bug #6809)
  • 3D support: fixed GL_EXT_texture_sRGB support
  • PXE: fixed ZENworks PXE boot regression
  • OVF: fixed slower export and larger images under certain circumstances (3.2.6 regression; bug "USB Devices" makes impossible to access any of the ... (closed)">#6983)
  • PageFusion: fixed conflict with the guest execution feature
  • PageFusion: fixed stability issues with a large number of VMs
  • PageFusion: fixed host crashes with guest SMP and Win64 guests
  • Memory ballooning: fixed problems restoring VMs with pre-allocation enabled
  • Bridged networking: fixed performance issue with GRO enabled on bridged device (bug #7059)
  • Hostonly networking: fixed performance issue (3.2.6 regression; bug #6832)
  • BusLogic: several fixes for Windows NT/2000 and SCO OpenServer guests
  • LsiLogic: fixed I/O errors under rare circumstances
  • Sharing disks: support for attaching one disk to several VMs without external tools and tricks
  • Shared folders: several fixes and performance enhancements for Solaris guests (bugs #6512)
  • Solaris Installer: added support for remote installations
  • Guest Properties API: correctly support enumerating the properties of a running VM with an empty "patterns" field (bug #7171)
  • Guest properties: properly delete transient properties on shutdown
  • RDP video redirection performance improvements and stability fixes
  • Settings: silently fix host audio driver when reading machine XML settings files or OVF written by VirtualBox on a different host OS, for example convert DirectSound to PulseAudio (bug #6751)
  • Web service: enabled HTTP keepalive for much better performance
  • Web service: added timestamps to logging output
  • Web service: treat 8-bit strings as UTF-8 not ASCII
  • X11 Additions: fix for Xorg 6.8 guests (e.g. RHEL4)

 News source: Official website
 Download: VirtualBox 3.2.8
 View: Change log

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Depends on what you use your VM for. I didn't like how VMWare Player tries to take over your computer (installing licensing services even though it's free, creating a new user account etc) so I'm stick rocking the VBox. It still lacks drag-and-drop but I haven't found I miss it as you can set up shared folders to copy files in and out of your VM. It's fast, light and does what I need.

Is the ability to have a VM Hard drive expand? That causes me issues, as I run out of space on my VM.

Pheee said,
Is the ability to have a VM Hard drive expand? That causes me issues, as I run out of space on my VM.

I *was* going to say this should be easy. But I loaded up VirtualBox and saw it had no tools for increasing disk size. VMware lets you grow virtual disks easily.

With VirtualBox, it's more like this
- create NEW, larger disk image
- clone partition on old disk to new disk
- resize partition to take up all space on new disk

You may be able to use an ISO of GParted to do that.

Also, I usually went with the default of LVM with Linux installs, and that did NOT seem very user-friendly for VM image resizes (LVM works better for physical machines to make it easy to add physical disks). I've made sure to stay away from LVM with virtual machines so I can quickly grow a disk and then expand with GParted if needed.