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Oracle releases VirtualBox 4.2 Beta 1

Oracle has released a new version of their operating system virtualization software, VirtualBox. This release comes with a host of new features and bug fixes as:

  • Support for Microsoft windows 8
  • Expert mode for wizards
  • Support for up to 36 network cards.
  • Network bandwidth limiting in virtual machines.
  • Support for starting VMs during system boot.
  • Experimental drag and drop support from host to Linux guests.
  • Allow to alter some settings during runtime
  • Support recent VIA CPUs
  • Allow taking screenshots of the current VM window content
  • Allow automatically sorting of the VM list
  • Allow starting of headless VMs from the GUI
  • GUI: network operations manager
  • Improved VM context switch performance for Intel CPUs using nested paging
  • Added support for FlushByASID features of AMD CPUs (Bulldozer and newer)
  • Added readonly support for VHDX images, QED images and for QCOW (full support for v1 and readonly support for v2) images
  • Bug fixes

The release notes are available here. You can download this version from here.

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