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VirtualBox 3.2 Update

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VirtualBox 3.2 Update

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Oracle released another update for the 3.2.x VirtualBox line today.  The latest release of the desktop virtualization application for x86 hardware includes various stability improvements and a number of changes.  Today's version 3.2.8 improves upon the 3.2.6 update released in June.

3.2.8 allows users to attach a single disk to several VMs without needing any additional tools and features.  There are also shared folder improvements for Solaris guests.  The Solaris Installer also now supports remote installations.

The stability fixes in VirtualBox 3.2.8 are plentiful.  In today's release, a VM will properly terminate when PAE mode has been disabled and the guest tries to switch to that mode.  Several GUI and 3D support fixes are included.  The ZENworks PXE boot regression has also been fixed.

VirtualBox 3.2 2D and 3D Acceleration


The Open Virtualization Format (OVF) support is now faster when exporting things.  Larger images work better too.  For Web Services support, the HTTP keepalive feature has been enabled for much better performance.  Timestamps have also been added to logging output.  8-bit strings are now treated as UTF-8, not ASCII.

VirtualBox 3.2.8 also includes BusLogic updates for Windows NT/2000 and SCO OpenServer guests.  The RDP video redirection performance has been improved, and there are several USB related changes - one addresses crashing with older Linux kernels.  

VirtualBox developers encourage all users to upgrade to today's release.  Oracle VirtualBox is licensed under the GPL v2, while the binaries are released under the PUEL.

For the full list of awesome new features in VirtualBox 3.2.x, see this release story.

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