Oracle releases VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1
Oracle has announced the availability of the first beta for version 3.2.0 of its open source VirtualBox desktop virtualisation application for x86 hardware. According to developer Frank Mehnert, VirtualBox 3.2.0 will be a major update that, following Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems one year ago, re-brands itself as Oracle VM VirtualBox and includes several new features.
The latest development preview, considered to be "a bleeding-edge release", features the addition of experimental support for Mac OS X guests, memory ballooning to dynamically change the amount of RAM used by a VM and CPU hot-plugging for Linux and some Windows guests. VirtualBox 3.2.0 includes new Hypervisor features, support for multi-monitor guest set-ups in the GUI and for deleting snapshots while the VM is running. Other changes include USB tablet/keyboard emulation, RDP video acceleration, NAT engine configuration, support for executing guest applications from the host system and a number of bug fixes.
As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.
More details about the release can be found in the release announcement. VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. VirtualBox is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPLv2) and VirtualBox binaries are released under the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL) licence. The latest stable release of VirtualBox is version 3.1.6 from the 25th of March, 2010.