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18 March 2013, 11:12

VirtualBox 4.2.10 fixes a number of crashing bugs

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Oracle has released a maintenance update to its open source VirtualBox virtualisation package that fixes several crashing problems, compilation problems with the rc0 release of the 3.9 version of the Linux kernel, and incompatibilities of virtual hard disk "differencing" images with Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor. VirtualBox 4.2.10, which was released less than a month after the last maintenance release (4.2.8), also fixes a bug on Mac OS X where the virtualised host was not able to detect the correct keyboard type over an SSH-forwarded X11 connection.

Among the crashing issues fixed in the new version is a crash with multi-monitor setups on Mac OS X, crashes when the host computer was waking up from hibernation, and problems with VBoxService crashing on Linux hosts when libdbus was not available. Multimedia redirection on Windows hosts can now also be upgraded correctly again. More details of all bug fixes in this release are available in the VirtualBox change log.

VirtualBox 4.2.10 is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris from the project's site; builds for specific Linux distributions are also available and include Ubuntu (12.10, 12.04LTS, 11.10, 11.04, 10.4 and 8.04), Debian 7 and 6, openSUSE 11.4, 12.1 and 12.2, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 10, Fedora 18, 17 and 16, Mandriva 2011.0, 2010.0 and 2010.1, and Oracle Linux/Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, 5 and 4. Downloads for older builds are also provided. VirtualBox binaries from version 4.0 onwards are licensed under the GPL; source code is available from the downloads page.


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