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Hot Icecubes: Sun releases VirtualBox 2.2

My favourite hypervisor, VirtualBox has just been upgraded to 2.2. Sun ushered in v2.2 recently and this release brings some uber-goodness. From the changelog;

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • OVF (Open Virtualization Format) appliance import and export (see chapter 3.8, Importing and exporting virtual machines, User Manual page 55)
  • Host-only networking mode (see chapter 6.7, Host-only networking, User Manual page 88)
  • Hypervisor optimizations with signi?cant performance gains for high context switching rates
  • Raised the memory limit for VMs on 64-bit hosts to 16GB
  • VT-x/AMD-V are enabled by default for newly created virtual machines
  • USB (OHCI & EHCI) is enabled by default for newly created virtual machines (Qt GUI only)
  • Experimental USB support for OpenSolaris hosts
  • Shared folders for Solaris and OpenSolaris guests
  • OpenGL 3D acceleration for Linux and Solaris guests (see chapter 4.8, Hardware 3D acceleration (OpenGL), User Manual page 70)
  • Added C API in addition to C++, Java, Python and Web Services

Enticing, whats more you can build a virtual machine, export it from a test environment (QA Labs) and then push it into production and fully supports the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. Download your copy and give the new version ago, I’m definitely noticing a speed bump in our QA test VMs.

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