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Oracle a Natale ci regala VirtualBox 4.0

Tante succose novità per il noto software di virtualizzazione VirtualBox, recentemente passato nelle mani di Oracle (e prima ancora di Sun, e prima ancora di Innotek...) In breve le più eclatanti:

  • Supporto alle estensioni per aggiungere nuove features di terze parti
  • Possibilità di limitare le risorse di CPU e I/O per ciascuna Virtual Machine
  • Creazione di icone sul dekstop per il lancio rapido di una Virtual Machine

... e molto altro:

VirtualBox 4.0.0 (released 2010-12-22)

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Reorganization of VirtualBox into a base package and Extension Packs; see chapter 1.5, Installing VirtualBox and extension packs, see the manual for more information
  • New settings/disk file layout for VM portability; see chapter 10.1, Where VirtualBox stores its files, see the manual for more information
  • Major rework of the GUI (now called “VirtualBox Manager”):
    • Redesigned user interface with guest window preview (also for screenshots)
    • New “scale” display mode with scaled guest display; see chapter 1.8.5, Resizing the machine’s window, see the manual for more information
    • Support for creating and starting .vbox desktop shortcuts (bug #1889)
    • The VM list is now sortable
    • Machines can now be deleted easily without a trace including snapshots and saved states, and optionally including attached disk images (bug #5511; also, VBoxManage unregistervm --delete can do the same now)
    • Built-in creation of desktop file shortcuts to start VMs on double click (bug #2322)
  • VMM: support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts
  • New virtual hardware:
    • Intel ICH9 chipset with three PCI buses, PCI Express and Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI); see chapter 3.4.1, “Motherboard” tab, see the manual for more information
    • Intel HD Audio, for better support of modern guest operating systems (e.g. 64-bit Windows; bug #2785)
  • Improvements to OVF support (see chapter 1.12, Importing and exporting virtual machines, see the manual for more information):
    • Open Virtualization Format Archive (OVA) support
    • Significant performance improvements during export and import
    • Creation of the manifest file on export is optional now
    • Imported disks can have formats other than VMDK
  • Resource control: added support for limiting a VM’s CPU time and IO bandwidth; see chapter 5.8, Limiting bandwidth for disk images, see the manual for more information
  • Storage: support asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images
  • Storage: support for resizing VDI and VHD images; see chapter 8.21, VBoxManage modifyhd, see the manual for more information.
  • Guest Additions: support for multiple virtual screens in Linux and Solaris guests using X.Org server 1.3 and later
  • Language bindings: uniform Java bindings for both local (COM/XPCOM) and remote (SOAP) invocation APIs

A breve pubblicherò un test approfondito della nuova versione, sviscerando tutte le nuove features soprattutto per quanto riguarda il supporto a monitor multipli sotto Linux, feature estremamente utile per chi è abituato ad usare una configurazione a doppio monitor sulla propria postazione di lavoro. Colgo l'occasione, con questa chicca natalizia, per augurare a tutti un felice Natale a nome di tutta la redazione di OScene.Net!

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