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17 May 2011, 15:03

VirtualBox update brings Mac OS X host fixes

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VirtualBox Logo Oracle has released version 4.0.8 of its cross-platform VM VirtualBox desktop virtualisation application for x86 hardware. According to the developers, the fourth stable update to VirtualBox 4.0 fixes a number of problems affecting Mac OS X hosts including incompatibility issues and painting corruptions on a second monitor when in 64-bit mode. A bug on systems with more than 16 cores has also been corrected.

Updates to 3D support fix a potential crash when resizing guest windows and also fix GNOME 3 rendering under Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15. Other changes include the addition of support for X.Org Server 1.10 on Solaris, several improvements to floppy disk handling, networking updates, and various stability improvements and bug fixes. A potential crashing bug during shutdown that affects Windows hosts has also been fixed.

Further information about the maintenance update, including a full list of changes, can be found in the change log. VirtualBox 4.0.8 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris from the project's web site. Both the base Oracle VM VirtualBox product source code and the binary are licensed under the GPLv2, while the Extension Pack mechanism, which allows third-party sources to add their own add-on functionality, is licensed under the PUEL.

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