VirtualBox 4.3 Beta 1 released

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VirtualBox 4.3 Beta 1 released

Postby Frank Mehnert » 21. Aug 2013, 10:40

Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

You can download the binaries here.

Please do NOT open bug reports at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum to report any problems with the Beta. Please concentrate on reporting regressions since VirtualBox 4.2.16.

VirtualBox 4.3 will be a new major release. The following major new features were added:
  • VMM: major rewrite of the VT-x code including many bug fixes and performance improvements (for example bug #9659)
  • GUI: keyboard shortcuts management (input page of global preferences extended with possibility to edit general keyboard shortcuts for VirtualBox Manager and Virtual Machine)
  • GUI: extended messaging mechanism (new non-modal popup overlays used to show non-critical warnings and provide user with additional information)
  • GUI: video capturing support (bug #4766)
  • GUI: host touch devices support (GUI passes host touch-events to guest)
  • Emulated USB touch devices
  • VRDP: support for IPv6
  • NAT: experimental virtual router mode: several VMs are attached to the same internal network and share one NAT service (see the manual for more information)
In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
  • VMM: properly handle NMIs on Linux hosts with X2APIC enabled
  • GUI: update check uses https
  • GUI: lot of internal stuff rewritten (cleanup and bug-fixes)
  • Settings: global and per-VM default frontend configuration, useful to select the use of alternative VM frontends
  • Settings: limit depth of snapshot tree to 250 levels, as more will lead to decreased performance and may trigger crashes
  • Main: new event queue implementation which does not use the host's native event queue for processing VirtualBox events anymore
  • Main: use the XDG standard configuration folder instead of .VirtualBox on systems where it is appropriate (bug #5099)
  • VBoxManage: list more information about hard disk/DVD/floppy media, and support the --long option to show really all available details
  • VBoxManage: added support for optional command line parameters for the automatic Guest Additions update
  • VBoxManage: added support for listing active guest sessions, guest processes and/or guest files via guestcontrol list <all|sessions|processes|files>
  • VBoxManage: added support for closing active guest sessions via guestcontrol session close --session-id <ID>| --session-name <name or pattern>|--all
  • VBoxManage: added support for terminating active guest processes via guestcontrol process kill|close|terminate --session-id <ID>| --session-name <name or pattern> <PID> ... <PID n> or guestcontrol [p[s]]kill --session-id <ID>| --session-name <name or pattern> <PID> ... <PID n>
  • VBoxManage: added support for watching guest sessions via guestcontrol watch
  • 3D support: several fixes
  • 3D support: several fixes for Mac OS X hosts
  • OVF: several fixes
  • Keyboard: fix for reporting key sequences like Ctrl+Alt+Del for the USB keyboard emulation
  • Shared Clipboard/X11: support for BMP-format images, contributed by François Revol
  • Windows hosts: don't cause massive DPC latency (bug #6242)
  • Windows hosts: consider symlinks when retrieving volume information (bug #11962)
  • Windows Additions: fixed misbehavior with guest display power management (WDDM driver only; bug #11170)
  • Windows guests: ability to track guest user idle times through the newly introduced event IGuestUserStateChangedEvent

Please note that this changelog is not complete.
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