New VirtualBox 5.1 Brings New Linux Improvements in Tow
There’s a brand new version of VirtualBox, the hugely popular cross-platform virtual machine software.
Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 (to give the software its full name) improves support for multi-channel audio, adds a new bug reporting tool, and, of note for those of you reading this, comes with better Linux integration.
According to Oracle’s press release it means that “Automatic modules deployment in case of a Linux Kernel upgrade and improved systemd integration for the latest releases of popular Linux distributions.”
Yes, it sounds so technical but it is likely to help the improvement of the performance of running Linux guest machines on Linux hosts. Meanwhile, somewhere else the release notes pose ‘significant’ performance improvements for multi-CPU virtual machines and networking; together with new logging capabilities for guest Virtual Machines and support for ‘different USB devices’.
It also has support for High Definition Audio on Linux guests that are newer, on-demand timers to help performance, and finer volume control in AC’97 emulation mode also feature.
Flash storage emulation is another new feature of note that is worth mentioning. The new NVMHCI storage controller is able to emulate Flash storage on guest Virtual Machines.
Download VirtualBox 5.1
Go straight on to visit VirtualBox 5.1 from the project’s official website and binaries are provided for all major OSes and Solaris. Visit the VirtualBox website
If you just want to download you can easily download VirtualBox 5.1 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (32-bit) or download VirtualBox 5.1 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (64-bit).
Builds of VirtualBox and VirtualBox OSE that are older are available via Ubuntu’s standard package archives.