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VirtualBox 7.0.18 Build 162988 by Oracle VM

VirtualBox 7.0.18 Build 162988 by Oracle VM

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional quality virtualization solution. It is also Open Source Software.  The powerful virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

VirtualBox provides are useful for several scenarios: Running multiple operating systems simultaneously. VirtualBox allows you to run more than one operating system at a time.

This way, you can run software written for one operating system on another (for example, Windows software on Linux or a Mac) without having to reboot to use it.

Since you can configure what kinds of “virtual” hardware should be presented to each such operating system, you can install an old operating system such as DOS or OS/2 even if your real computer’s hardware is no longer supported by that operating system.

Software vendors can use virtual machines to ship entire software configurations. For example, installing a complete mail server solution on a real machine can be a tedious task.

With VirtualBox, such a complex setup (then often called an “appliance”) can be packed into a virtual machine. Installing and running a mail server becomes as easy as importing such an appliance into VirtualBox.

In order to run VirtualBox on your machine, you need:

  • Reasonably powerful x86 hardware. Any recent Intel or AMD processor should do.
  • Memory. Depending on what guest operating systems you want to run, you will need at least 512 MB of RAM (but probably more, and the more the better). Basically, you will need whatever your host operating system needs to run comfortably. Plus the amount that the guest operating system needs. So, if you want to run Windows 8.1 on Windows 7, you probably won’t enjoy the experience much with less than 2 GB of RAM. Check the minimum RAM requirements of the guest operating system, they often will refuse to install if it is given less. Sometimes it malfunctions instead. So you’ll need that for the guest alone, plus the memory your operating system normally needs.
  • Hard disk space. While VirtualBox itself is very lean (a typical installation will only need about 30 MB of hard disk space), the virtual machines will require fairly huge files on disk to represent their own hard disk storage. So, to install Windows 8, for example, you will need a file that will easily grow to several 10 GB in size.
  • A supported host operating system. Presently, we support Windows, many Linux distributions, Mac OS X, Solaris and OpenSolaris. Check the user manual of the VirtualBox version you are using which versions are supported.
  • A supported guest operating system. Besides the user manual (see below), up-to-date information is available at “Status: Guest OSes“.

Changes in VirtualBox 7.0.18 (2024-05-03):

  • Networking: Fixed an issue which caused host system crash when VM was using bridged or host-only network adapter
  • Linux Guest Additions: Added more fixes to prevent UBSAN warnings
  • Linux Guest Additions: Fixed issue when time stamps were displayed incorrectly within mounted shared folder

Changes in VirtualBox 7.0.16 (2024-04-16):

  • VMM: Fixed a guru meditation executing nested-guests using the KVM hypervisor in the guest on Intel hosts
  • VMM: Fixed Linux VM crash on some recent AMD models
  • USB: Fixed issue when EHCI controller was mishandling short packets
  • Audio: Introduced general improvements
  • VBoxManage and vboximg-mount: Updated usage information and documentation
  • Guest Control: Fixed starting Windows guest processes in the correct Windows session (7.0 regression)
  • Linux Host: Fixed issue when VBox.sh was deleting wrong VBoxSVC IPC socket when VM was started using sudo
  • Linux Host: Fixed kernel modules build failure when using GCC 13.2
  • macOS Host: Fixed issue when App Nap was affecting VM performance
  • Linux Host and Guest: Added fixes related to UBSAN warnings discovered on recent Linux distributions
  • Linux Host and Guest: Added possibility to prevent kernel module from automatic loading during system boot by adding mod_name.disabled=1 into kernel command line
  • Linux Host and Guest: Added initial support for kernel 6.9
  • Linux Host and Guest: Fixed mk_pte warning introduced in kernel 6.6
  • Linux Guest Additions: Added initial support for kernel 6.8
  • Windows Guest Additions: Introduced general improvements in graphics area

Changes in VirtualBox 7.0.14 (2024-01-16):

  • Audio: Added more fixes for switching host audio devices on Windows hosts using the WAS backend
  • 3D: Added general improvements
  • OCI: Fixed wrong guest RAM unit usage in VirtualSystemDescription, memory is provided in bytes, “Byte” is the base unit
  • Main: OVF Import/Export: Added support for importing and exporting VMs containing NVMe storage controllers
  • Main: OVF Import/Export: Added support for exporting a VM which contains a medium inserted into a virtual CD/DVD drive which is attached to a Virtio-SCSI controller
  • Devices: Fixed a problem where Windows guests “forget” in-progress touch events when the user holds down a finger without moving it for a period of time.
  • macOS Host USB: Added support for newer storage devices
  • macOS Host: Fixed memory Leak in the VBoxIntNetSwitch process when VM was configured to use ‘Internal Networking’
  • Linux Host and Guest: Added initial support for RHEL 9.4 kernel
  • Linux Guest Additions: Fixed kernel panic on RHEL 8.9 kernel caused by vboxvideo
  • Solaris Guest Additions: Added support for the Additions to be installed into an alternate root path (‘pkgadd -R’)
  • Solaris Guest Additions: Removed requirement to reboot VM after uninstalling GAs
  • RDP: Fix possible crash when connecting with the Apple Silicon variant of the Microsoft Remote Desktop application
  • BIOS: Fixed handle number used for DMI OEM table

Homepage – https://www.virtualbox.org

Currently, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on the following host operating systems:

  • Windows hosts (64-bit):
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 11 21H2
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2019
    • Windows Server 2022
  • Mac OS X hosts (64-bit):
    • 10.15 (Catalina)
    • 11 (Big Sur)
    • 12 (Monterey)

Intel hardware is required.

  • Linux hosts (64-bit). Includes the following:
    • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS and 22.04
    • Debian GNU/Linux 10 (“Buster”) and 11 (“Bullseye”)
    • Oracle Linux 7, 8 and 9
    • CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, 8 and 9
    • Fedora 35 and 36
    • Gentoo Linux
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise server 12 and 15
    • openSUSE Leap 15.3


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