VirtualBox 6.1 released

With support for importing virtual machines into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and compatibility with Kernel 5.4, the new VirtualBox 6.1 has several new features!

Introduction

VirtualBox 6.1 is the first major release in the VirtualBox 6 series and promises some exciting new features, such as support for the latest and greatest Linux 5.4 kernel series, the ability to import virtual machines from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, as well as improved support for nested virtualization.

“Support for nested virtualization allows you to install a hypervisor, such as VirtualBox or KVM, on a VirtualBox guest. You can then create and run virtual machines in the guest VM. Support for nested virtualization allows VirtualBox to create a more flexible and sophisticated development and testing environment,” Oracle said.

Enhanced 3D support, updated firmware, and GUI improvements in VirtualBox 6.1

VirtualBox 6.1 also features extended support for exporting VMs to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, allowing users to create multiple virtual machines without having to upload them again. In addition, it allows you to export a VM to the cloud using a more efficient “paravirtialized” variant and to specify free-form tags for cloud images. It also improves 3D support and removes obsolete 3D technologies.

It also brings several enhancements to the user interface, including built-in editors, improved storage settings, mouse enhancements, and improved virtual machine groups.

Among other changes, we can mention a technical preview of the Shared Clipboard, an experimental feature for file transfers that is currently only available to Windows hosts/guests. Also, VirtualBox 6.1 ditches the recompiler, which means that running virtual machines now requires a CPU that supports hardware virtualization – that is, goodbye support for CPUs with software-only virtualization.

And much more!

Among the changes, we highlight:

  • Implemented support for importing a virtual machine from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
  • Extended support for exporting a virtual machine to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, allowing multiple virtual machines to be created without re-uploading. Also added is the option to export a VM to the cloud using the more efficient “paravirtialized” variant and specify free-form tags for cloud images.
  • Now works on hosts with many CPUs (limit now 1024)
  • Show VM CPU load as part of the CPU indicator in the status bar.
  • Experimental support for virtio-scsi, for hard disks and optical drives (including support for booting in the BIOS).
  • USB EHCI controller implementation improvements
  • EFI Support: NVRAM support, direct APFS boot, and improvements for macOS virtual machines.

Download

VirtualBox 6.1 can be downloaded from its official website, by clicking here!

Don’t forget to install the Guest Additions for version 6.1, so you will have support for USB port access, among other features; Just click here! (For all systems)

Ubuntu

To the ubunteers, please be advised that VirtualBox may present installation problems if you have not installed the build-essential and libelf-dev packages.

Check the presence of both with:

$ sudo apt install build-essential libelf-dev

Then you can install the new VirtualBox package without any problems!

More information on the official VirtualBox website, here!

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