VirtualBox

Changelog for VirtualBox 2.1

This page lists all changes of the VirtualBox 2.1 releases.
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VirtualBox 2.1.4 (released 2009-02-16)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • Windows hosts: fixed host crashes/hangs on certain 32 bits Windows systems when running Linux guests (bugs #1606, #2269, #2763)
  • Windows hosts: Fixed network component BSOD issue (bugs #3168, #2916)
  • Windows hosts: Fixed installation issues (bugs #2517, #1730, #3130)
  • Linux hosts: fied occasional kernel oopses (bug #2556)
  • Linux hosts: fied module dependency for shipped modules (bug #3115)
  • Linux hosts: moved the udev rules for USB forward so that they don’t override existing system rules (bug #3143)
  • Linux hosts: fixed the issue with guest not being able to communicate with each other when attached via TAP interfaces (bug #3215)
  • Linux hosts: give up probing for USB gracefully if dbus or hal are not available (bug #3136)
  • Linux hosts: fixed warnings in installer when SELinux was disabled (bug #3098)
  • Linux hosts: VirtualBox sometimes failed to start if it had been started using sudo previously (bug #3270)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed high CPU load while running many guests in parallel
  • Solaris hosts: fixed inability to start more than 128 VMs
  • VMM: fixed performance regression for Windows guests (bug #3172)
  • VMM: ignore CPU stepping when restoring a saved state/snapshot
  • REM: fixed inability to use gdb to debug programs in Linux guests with software virtualization (bug #3245)
  • GUI: fixed dead key handling on Solaris hosts (bug #3256)
  • GUI: in the shutdown dialog, disable the action send the shutdown signal if the guest is currently not using ACPI
  • GUI: suppress additional key release events sent by X11 hosts when keys are auto-repeated (bug #1296)
  • API: restore case insensitive OS type name lookup (bug #3087)
  • VBoxHeadless: really don’t start X11 services (clipboard service, 3D acceleration; Solaris & Darwin hosts only; bug #3199)
  • NAT: fixed occasional crashes when the guest is doing traceroute (non-Windows hosts; bug #3200)
  • NAT: fixed crashes under high load (bug #3110)
  • NAT: fixed truncated downloads (Windows hosts only, bug #3257)
  • NAT: don’t intercept TFTP packages with a destination address different from the builtin TFTP server (bug #3112)
  • USB: several fixes for USB passthrough on Linux hosts
  • USB: reduced host CPU utilization if EHCI is active
  • VRDP: fixed VRDP server black screen after a client reconnect (bug #1989)
  • VRDP: modified rdesktop client (rdesktop-vrdp) now uses NumLock state synchronization (bug #3253)
  • LsiLogic: make FreeBSD guests work (bug #3174)
  • ATA: fixed deadlock when pausing VM due to problems with the virtual disk (e.g. disk full, iSCSI target unavailable)
  • iSCSI: fixed possible crash when pausing the VM
  • 3D support: added missing GL_MAX_TEXTURE_COORDS_ARB (bug #3246)
  • Windows Additions: fixed ERROR (e0000101) error during installation (bug #1923)
  • Windows Additions: fixed Windows Explorer hang when browsing shared folders with 64 bit guests (bug #2225)
  • Windows Additions: fixed guest screen distortions during a video mode change
  • Windows Additions: fixed the Network drive not connected message for mapped shared folders drives after the guest startup (bug #3157)
  • Linux Additions: fixed occasional file corruption when writing files in O_APPEND mode to a shared folder (bug #2844)
  • Linux Additions: the mouse driver was not properly set up on X.Org release candidates (bug #3212)
  • Linux Additions: fixed installer to work with openSUSE 11.1 (bug #3213)
  • Linux Additions: disable dynamic resizing if the X server is configured for fixed resolutions
  • Linux/Solaris Additions: handle virtual resolutions properly which are larger than the actual guest resolution (bug #3096)

VirtualBox 2.1.2 (released 2009-01-21)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • USB: improved support for recent Linux hosts
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation for PAE guests on non-PAE hosts (AMD-V)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation on Mac OS X hosts when using VT-x
  • VMM: allow running up to 1023 VMs on 64-bit hosts (used to be 127)
  • VMM: several FreeBSD guest related fixes (bugs #2342, #2341, #2761)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation when installing Suse Enterprise Server 10U2 (VT-x only; bug #3039)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation when booting Novell Netware 4.11 (VT-x only; bug #2898)
  • VMM: fixed VERR_ADDRESS_TOO_BIG error on some Mac OS X systems when starting a VM
  • VMM: clear MSR_K6_EFER_SVME after probing for AMD-V (bug #3058)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation during Windows 7 boot with more than 2 GB guest RAM (VT-x, nested paging only)
  • VMM: fixed hang during OS/2 MCP2 boot (AMD-V and VT-x only)
  • VMM: fixed loop during OpenBSD 4.0 boot (VT-x only)
  • VMM: fixed random crashes related to FPU/XMM with 64 bits guests on 32 bits hosts
  • VMM: fixed occasional XMM state corruption with 64 bits guests
  • VMM: speed improvements for real mode and protected mode without paging (software virtualization only)
  • GUI: raised the RAM limit for new VMs to 75% of the host memory
  • GUI: added Windows 7 as operating system type
  • VBoxSDL: fixed -fixed fixedmode parameter (bug #3067)
  • Clipboard: stability fixes (Linux and Solaris hosts only, bug #2675 and #3003)
  • 3D support: fixed VM crashes for certain guest applications (bugs #2781, #2797, #2972, #3089)
  • LsiLogic: improved support for Windows guests (still experimental)
  • VGA: fixed a 2.1.0 regression where guest screen resize events were not properly handled (bug #2783)
  • VGA: significant performance improvements when using VT-x/AMD-V on Mac OS X hosts
  • VGA: better handling for VRAM offset changes (fixes GRUB2 and Dos DOOM display issues)
  • VGA: custom VESA modes with invalid widths are now rounded up to correct ones (bug #2895)
  • IDE: fixed ATAPI passthrough support (Linux hosts only; bug #2795)
  • Networking: fixed kernel panics due to NULL pointer dereference in Linux kernels < 2.6.20 (Linux hosts only; bug #2827)
  • Networking: fixed intermittend BSODs when using the new host interface (Windows hosts only; bugs #2832, #2937, #2929)
  • Networking: fixed several issues with displaying hostif NICs in the GUI (Windows hosts only; bugs 2814, #2842)
  • Networking: fixed the issue with displaying hostif NICs without assigned IP addresses (Linux hosts only; bug #2780)
  • Networking: fixed the issue with sent packets coming back to internal network when using hostif (Linux hosts only; bug #3056).
  • NAT: fixed port forwarding (Windows hosts only; bug #2808)
  • NAT: fixed booting from the builtin TFTP server (bug #1959)
  • NAT: fixed occasional crashes (bug #2709)
  • SATA: vendor product data (VPD) is now configurable
  • SATA: raw disk partitions were not recognized (2.1.0 regression, Windows host only, bug #2778)
  • SATA: fixed timeouts in the guest when using raw VMDK files (Linux host only, bug #2796)
  • SATA: huge speed up during certain I/O operations like formatting a drive
  • SATA/IDE: fixed possible crash/errors during VM shutdown
  • VRDP: fixed loading of libpam.so.1 from the host (Solaris hosts only)
  • VRDP: fixed RDP client disconnects
  • VRDP: fixed VRDP server misbehavior after a broken client connection
  • VBoxManage showvminfo: fixed assertion for running VMs (bug #2773)
  • VBoxManage convertfromraw: added parameter checking and made it default to creating VDI files; fixed and documented format parameter (bug #2776)
  • VBoxManage clonehd: fixed garbled output image when creating VDI files (bug #2813)
  • VBoxManage guestproperty: fixed property enumeration (incorrect parameters/exception)
  • VHD: fixed error when attaching certain container files (bug #2768)
  • Solaris hosts: added support for serial ports (bug #1849)
  • Solaris hosts: fix for Japanese keyboards (bug #2847)
  • Solaris hosts: 32-bit and 64-bit versions now available as a single, unified package
  • Linux hosts: don’t depend on libcap1 anymore (bug #2859)
  • Linux hosts: compile fixes for 2.6.29-rc1
  • Linux hosts: don’t drop any capability if the VM was started by root (2.1.0 regression)
  • Mac OS X hosts: save the state of running or paused VMs when the host machine’s battery reaches critical level
  • Mac OS X hosts: improved window resizing of the VM window
  • Mac OS X hosts: added GUI option to disable the dock icon realtime preview in the GUI to decrease the host CPU load when the guest is doing 3D
  • Mac OS X hosts: polished realtime preview dock icon
  • Windows Additions: fixed guest property and logging OS type detection for Windows 2008 and Windows 7 Beta
  • Windows Additions: added support for Windows 7 Beta (bugs #2995, #3015)
  • Windows Additions: fixed Windows 2000 guest freeze when accessing files on shared folders (bug #2764)
  • Windows Additions: fixed Ctrl-Alt-Del handling when using VBoxGINA
  • Windows Additions Installer: Added /extract switch to only extract (not install) the files to a directory (can be specfified with /D=path)
  • Linux installer and Additions: added support for the Linux From Scratch distribution (bug #1587) and recent Gentoo versions (bug #2938)
  • Additions: added experimental support for X.Org Server 1.6 RC on Linux guests
  • Linux Additions: fixed bug which prevented to properly set fmode on mapped shared folders (bug #1776)
  • Linux Additions: fixed appending of files on shared folders (bug #1612)
  • Linux Additions: ignore noauto option when mounting a shared folder (bug #2498)
  • Linux Additions: fixed a driver issue preventing X11 from compiling keymaps (bug #2793 and #2905)
  • X11 Additions: workaround in the mouse driver for a server crash when the driver is loaded manually (bug #2397)

VirtualBox 2.1.0 (released 2008-12-17)

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

  • Support for hardware virtualization (VT-x and AMD-V) on Mac OS X hosts
  • Support for 64-bit guests on 32-bit host operating systems (experimental; see user manual, chapter 1.6, 64-bit guests,  User Manual page 16)
  • Added support for Intel Nehalem virtualization enhancements (EPT and VPID; see user manual, chapter 1.2, Software vs. hardware virtualization (VT-x and AMD-V),  User Manual page 10))
  • Experimental 3D acceleration via OpenGL (see user manual, chapter 4.8, Hardware 3D acceleration (OpenGL),  User Manual page 66)
  • Experimental LsiLogic and BusLogic SCSI controllers (see user manual, chapter 5.1, Hard disk controllers: IDE, SATA (AHCI), SCSI,  User Manual page 70)
  • Full VMDK/VHD support including snapshots (see user manual, chapter 5.2, Disk image files (VDI, VMDK, VHD),  User Manual page 72)
  • New NAT engine with significantly better performance, reliability and ICMP echo (ping) support (bugs #1046, #2438, #2223, #1247)
  • New Host Interface Networking implementations for Windows and Linux hosts with easier setup (replaces TUN/TAP on Linux and manual bridging on Windows)

In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: significant performance improvements for VT-x (real mode execution)
  • VMM: support for hardware breakpoints (VT-x and AMD-V only; bug #477)
  • VMM: VGA performance improvements for VT-x and AMD-V
  • VMM: Solaris and OpenSolaris guest performance improvements for AMD-V (Barcelona family CPUs only)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation while running the Dr. Web virus scanner (software virtualization only; bug #1439)
  • VMM: deactivate VT-x and AMD-V when the host machine goes into suspend mode; reactivate when the host machine resumes (Windows, Mac OS X & Linux hosts; bug #1660)
  • VMM: fixed guest hangs when restoring VT-x or AMD-V saved states/snapshots
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation when executing a one byte debug instruction (VT-x only; bug #2617)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation for PAE guests on non-PAE hosts (VT-x)
  • VMM: disallow mixing of software and hardware virtualization execution in general (bug #2404)
  • VMM: fixed black screen when booting OS/2 1.x (AMD-V only)
  • GUI: pause running VMs when the host machine goes into suspend mode (Windows & Mac OS X hosts)
  • GUI: resume previously paused VMs when the host machine resumes after suspend (Windows & Mac OS X hosts)
  • GUI: save the state of running or paused VMs when the host machine’s battery reaches critical level (Windows hosts)
  • GUI: properly restore the position of the selector window when running on the compiz window manager
  • GUI: properly restore the VM in seamless mode (2.0 regression)
  • GUI: warn user about non optimal memory settings
  • GUI: structure operating system list according to family and version for improved usability
  • GUI: predefined settings for QNX guests
  • IDE: improved ATAPI passthrough support
  • Networking: added support for up to 8 Ethernet adapters per VM
  • Networking: fixed issue where a VM could lose connectivity after a reboot
  • iSCSI: allow snapshot/diff creation using local VDI file
  • iSCSI: improved interoperability with iSCSI targets
  • Graphics: fixed handling of a guest video memory which is not a power of two (bug #2724)
  • VBoxManage: fixed bug which prevented setting up the serial port for direct device access.
  • VBoxManage: added support for VMDK and VHD image creation
  • VBoxManage: added support for image conversion (VDI/VMDK/VHD/RAW)
  • Solaris hosts: added IPv6 support between host and guest when using host interface networking
  • Mac OS X hosts: added ACPI host power status reporting
  • API: redesigned storage model with better generalization
  • API: allow attaching a hard disk to more than one VM at a time
  • API: added methods to return network configuration information of the host system
  • Shared Folders: performance and stability fixes for Windows guests (Microsoft Office Applications)

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