VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product 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. Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.
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.
VirtualBox 7.0.10 changelog:
- OCI: Introduced general improvements
- VMM: Fixed sluggish performance starting with macOS Ventura 13.3 (bug #21563, bug#21596)
- VMM: Fixed a bug while walking page tables while executing nested VMs causing flooding of the release log as a consequence (Intel hosts only, bug #21551)
- GUI: Added general improvements
- TPM: Fixed a crash when a VM has a TPM version 1.2 configured (bug #21622)
- 3D: Initial support for OpenGL 4.1
- 3D: Fixed various graphics issues with Windows 11 guests (bugs #21136, #21515)
- Guest Control/VBoxManage: Fixed parameter "--ignore-orphaned-processes"
- Guest Control/VBoxManage: Fixed behavior of how handling argument 0 for a started guest process works: One can now explicitly specify it with the newly added option "--arg0". This will effectively restore the behavior of former VirtualBox versions
- Audio: Also use the PulseAudio backend when pipewire-pulse is running instead of falling back to ALSA (bug #21575)
- NAT: Adjusted UDP proxy timeout from 18-21 to 21-24 range to respect intended 20 second timeout (bug #21560)
- Linux Host: Added initial support for Indirect Branch Tracking (bug #21435)
- Linux Host: Added initial support for kernel 6.5 (NOTE: Guest Additions do not support kernel 6.5 yet)
- Solaris Host: Introduced general improvements in the installer area
- Linux Host and Guest: Improved condition check when kernel modules need to be signed
- Linux Host and Guest: Added initial support for RHEL 8.8 (bug #21692), 8.9 (bug #21690) and 9.3 (bugs #21598 and #21671) kernels
- MacOS Host and Guest: Introduced general improvements in the installer area
- Windows Host and Guest: Introduced ECDSA support (bug #21621)
- Linux Guest Additions: Fixed issue when kernel modules were rebuilt on each boot when guest system has no X11 installed
- Linux Guest Additions: Added initial support for kernel 6.4
- Linux Guest Additions: Fixed issue when vboxvideo module reloading caused kernel panic in some guests (bug #21740)
- Linux Guest Additions: Introduced general improvements in the installer area
- Windows Guest Additions: Introduced general improvements in graphics drivers area
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