VirtualBox 4.2 Beta 1 released

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  1. KelvinW4

    KelvinW4 Registered Member

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    VirtualBox 4.2 will be a new major release. The following major new features were added:

    Improved Windows 8 support, in particular many 3D-related fixes
    GUI: VM groups (bug #28:cool:
    GUI: expert mode for wizards
    GUI: allow to alter some settings during runtime
    Support for up to 36 network cards, in combination with an ICH9 chipset configuration (bug #8805)
    Resource control: added support for limiting network IO bandwidth; see the manual for more information
    Added possibility to start VMs during system boot on Linux, OS X and Solaris; see the manual for more information (bug #950)
    Added experimental support for Drag'n'drop from the host to Linux guests. Support for more guests and for guest-to-host is planned. (bug #81)

    In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
    VMM: improved VM context switch performance for Intel CPUs using nested paging
    VMM: added support for FlushByASID features of AMD CPUs (Bulldozer and newer)
    VMM: fixed unreal mode handling on older CPUs with VT-x (gPXE, Solaris 7/8/9; bug #9941)
    VMM: fixed MP tables fixes for I/O APIC interrupt routing relevant for ancient SMP guests (e.g. old OS/2 releases)
    VMM: support recent VIA CPUs (bug #10005)
    GUI: network operations manager
    GUI: allow taking screenshots of the current VM window content
    GUI: allow automatically sorting of the VM list
    GUI: allow starting of headless VMs from the GUI
    GUI: allow reset, shutdown and poweroff from the Manager window
    GUI: allow to globally limit the maximum screen resolution for guests
    GUI: show the full medium part on hovering the list of recently used ISO images
    GUI: do not create additional folders when a new machine has a separator character in its name (bug #6541)
    GUI: don't crash on terminate if the settings dialog is still open (bug #9973)
    Snapshots: fixed a crash when restoring an old snapshot when powering off a VM (bug #10491)
    Settings: sanitise the name of VM folders and settings file (bug #10549)
    Settings: allow to store the iSCSI initiator secret encrypted
    E1000: 802.1q VLAN support
    Storage: implemented burning of audio CDs in passthrough mode
    Storage: implemented support for discarding unused image blocks through TRIM for SATA and IDE and UNMAP for SCSI when using VDI images
    Storage: added support for QED images
    Storage: added support for QCOW (full support for v1 and readonly support for v2 images)
    Storage: added readonly support for VHDX images
    Solaris additions: added support for X.org Server 1.11 and 1.12
    Windows hosts: no need to recreate host-only adapters after a VirtualBox update
    Windows hosts: updated toolchain; make the source code compatible to VC 2010 and enable some security-related compiler options

    https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=50763
     
  2. Victek

    Victek Registered Member

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    Nice to see they keep improving this.
     
  3. KelvinW4

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    Yeah nice to see they are working on drag&drop
     
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