VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. 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.
This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
User interface: fixed creation of desktop shortcuts for starting virtual machines.
User interface: allow the first run window to selecting host drives.
User interface: fixed attaching empty host optical drives.
User interface: implemented a new virtual optical disk creation window.
USB: modified Linux backends to reset USB devices (previously, most guest attempts to reset USB devices were ignored).
PCnet: fixed a regression which caused some PCnet PCI guest drivers to not detect the emulated hardware.
Linux hosts: fixed conflict between Debian and Oracle build desktop files.
Linux and MacOS hosts: VirtualBoxVM command not accessible.
Windows guests: multiple monitor fixes with VBoxSVGA graphics.
Windows guests: black screen with VBoxSVGA graphics when 3D is disabled.
Linux guests: fixed building drivers on SLES 12.4
Linux guests: fixed building shared folder driver with older kernels.
OS/2 shared folders: fixed write regression introduced in 6.0.0 GA.