ANNOUNCEMENT VirtualBox 2.0 Released

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ANNOUNCEMENT VirtualBox 2.0 Released

Postby sandervl » 4. Sep 2008, 14:37

Today is a significant day in the history of VirtualBox. The brand new version 2.0 comes with major enhancements such as 64-bit VMs, stronger networking capabilities and a native Mac OS X interface. See the press releasefor the full story.

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:
  • 64 bits guest support (64 bits host only)
  • New native Leopard user interface on Mac OS X hosts
  • The GUI was converted from Qt3 to Qt4 with many visual improvements
  • New-version notifier
  • Guest property information interface
  • Host Interface Networking on Mac OS X hosts
  • New Host Interface Networking on Solaris hosts
  • Support for Nested Paging on modern AMD CPUs (major performance gain)
  • Framework for collecting performance and resource usage data (metrics)
  • Added SATA asynchronous IO (NCQ: Native Command Queuing) when accessing raw disks/partitions (major performance gain)
  • Clipboard integration for OS/2 Guests
  • Created separate SDK component featuring a new Python programming interface on Linux and Solaris hosts
  • Support for VHD disk images
In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
  • VMM: VT-x fixes
  • AHCI/SATA: improved performance
  • GUI: keyboard fixes
  • Linux installer: properly uninstall the package even if unregistering the DKMS module fails
  • Linux additions: the guest screen resolution is properly restored
  • Network: added support for jumbo frames (> 1536 bytes)
  • Shared Folders: fixed guest crash with Windows Media Player 11
  • Mac OS X: Ctrl+Left mouse click doesn’t simulate a right mouse click in the guest anymore. Use Hostkey+Left for a right mouse click emulation. (#1766)
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Postby TerryE » 4. Sep 2008, 16:43

This topic is locked for Administrator and Moderator announcements relating to Version 2.0. If you wish to comment on this release or ask release related questions then please see Discuss VirtualBox 2.0 Release.
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Postby Sasquatch » 5. Sep 2008, 19:09

With this release, there might be some problems upgrading from a previous version (1.x.x). If you want to upgrade, fully remove the old version and then install the new one. For Linux, this means a purge of residual config. For Debian based systems, this can be done using the following command (or use Shift+Del in the package manager for complete removal):
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sudo apt-get remove --purge virtualbox

If you use the Repositories, be sure to select the right version. From the command line, that would be
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sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.0

Also, saved states might not work after the upgrade. Status of snapshots is unknown at the moment, so if you wish to ensure the integrity of VMs with snapshots then you are advised to stay with Version 1.6.6.

Even though I upgraded my Windows Hosts without any issues from 1.6.6, caution is still advised.
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