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.
- Virtualization core: fixed an invalid-guest state guru meditation in some rare circumstances on Intel hosts
- Virtualization core: some fixes for systems with lots of processors
- Audio: relaxed VRM / VRA (variable rate audio) bit checks to provide more compatibility for guests running ALSA setups with the AC’97 emulation
- USB: made device capturing for passthrough more accurate and reliable on Windows host
- Network: fixed potential issue with interrupt signalling for network adapters in UEFI guests
- 3D: fixed flicker and redraw issues when using VBoxSVGA or VMSVGA graphics adapter
- 3D: fixed crash with some applications when using VBoxSVGA or VMSVGA graphics adapter
- macOS host: fix crash of GUI VM process which showed up frequently with 10.15 Catalina
- Linux host: support Linux 5.3, thank you Larry Finger
- Linux host: improve python version detection during rpm package creation, can change package dependencies and fix some installation problems
- Linux guests: calls to aio_read(3) and aio_write(3) may fail inside shared folders
- Linux guests: fix problem with shared folder unmounting in service script, thank you Denis Ryndine
- Linux guests: VBox 6.0.10 GAs fail to compile on Red Hat/CentOS/Oracle Linux 7.7 and Red Hat 8.1 Beta
Homepage – https://www.virtualbox.org
Currently, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on the following host operating systems:
Windows hosts (64-bit):
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10 RTM (1507) build 10240
- Windows 10 November Update (1511) build 10586
- Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) build 14393
- Windows 10 Creators Update (1703) build 15063
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) build 16299
- Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) build 17134
- Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809) build 17763
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2019
Mac OS X hosts (64-bit):
- 10.12 (Sierra)
- 10.13 (High Sierra)
- 10.14 (Mojave)
Intel hardware is required. See also Chapter 14, Known Limitations.
Linux hosts (64-bit). Includes the following:
- Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS and 18.10
- Debian GNU/Linux 9 (“Stretch”)
- Oracle Linux 6 and 7
- Redhat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7
- Fedora 28 and 29
- Gentoo Linux
- SUSE Linux Enterprise server 12 and 15
- openSUSE Leap 42.3 and 15.0
Size: 163 MB