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VirtualBox 6.0 Officially Released with Major New Features

Oracle released VirtualBox 6.0, the next-generation series of the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for Linux, Windows, and Mac systems.

Several months in development, VirtualBox 6.0 is finally here as the most advanced release of the widely used virtualization software that lets users run various operating systems in virtual machines on the same or different hosts. As expected, this is a major release that adds important new features to the application.

Highlights of VirtualBox 6.0 include support for exporting virtual machines to Oracle Cloud infrastructure, much-improved high pixel density and scaling support for high-end displays, including better improved detection and per-machine configuration, support for surround speaker setups for Windows 10 Build 1809 users, and Hyper-V support on Windows hosts for better performance.

VirtualBox 6.0 also brings an updated user interface and a simpler process for setting up virtual machines in a few minutes without any hassle.  These include a new file manager that makes it easier to copy and move files between a virtual machine/guest operating system and the host operating system, and initial shared folder support for OS/2 Guest Additions.

Linux kernel 4.20 support, and other improvements

Among noteworthy improvements implemented in VirtualBox 6.0, support for the soon-to-be-released Linux 4.20 kernel for Linux-based hosts, 3D graphics support for Windows guest operating systems, VMSVGA 3D graphics device emulation for Linux and Solaris-based guests, initial support for macOS Guest Additions, and a new vboximg-mount utility for macOS hosts to allow users to access the contents of guest disks on the host.

VirtualBox 6.0 also brings better audio and video recording, and support for surround sound speaker setups as used by the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.  It also adds improved support for attaching and detaching remote desktop connections, better serial port emulation, networking and iSCSI fixes, support for DHCP options in VirtualBox Manager. 

VirtualBox 6.0 is now available as a free open-source download for Windows, Mac and Linux, along with the companion VirtualBox Extension Pack 6.0, which is free for non-commercial use only. 

You can also read the changelog here.

Published Friday, December 21, 2018 7:19 PM by David Marshall
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