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23 May 2012, 16:46

VirtualBox 4.1 update brings Linux 3.4 fixes

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VirtualBox logo The eighth update to the 4.1.x branch of VirtualBox has been published with compile fixes for the recently released Linux 3.4 kernel. The new version, 4.1.16, of the open source desktop virtualisation application improves the overall stability of the software by rectifying various regressions, including some that could lead to crashes, and a problem that caused some rpm-based packages to have an incorrect help file path on Linux hosts.

Bugs that caused VirtualBox to stop functioning when running on Mac OS X hosts with 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 or later have also been fixed. The previous maximum limit of 128 networking interfaces on Linux and Mac OS X hosts has now been removed; there was no limitation in place for Windows and Solaris hosts. The Guest Additions for Windows and Solaris have been updated: on Windows a driver crash has been fixed and, when 3D support is not available for Windows 8 guests, the WDDM driver is not loaded; the Solaris Additions add support for Server 1.11 and 1.12 .

A full list of fixes can be found in the change log. VirtualBox 4.1.16 can be downloaded from the project's site for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris, and an online user manual is available. Binaries and source code for VirtualBox are distributed under the terms of the GPLv2; the Extension Pack, which adds support for USB 2.0 and remote boot, can be downloaded under a Personal Use and Evaluation (PUEL) licence.

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