VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and x64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction.
Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.
This maintenance release fixes the following:
- GUI: fixed keyboard shortcut handling regressions (Mac OS X hosts only; bugs #15937 and #15938)
- GUI: fixed keyboard handling regression for separate UI (Windows hosts only; bugs #15928)
- NAT: don’t exceed the maximum number of “search” suffixes. Patch from bug #15948.
- NAT: fixed parsing of port-forwarding rules with a name which contains a slash (bug #16002)
- NAT Network: when the host has only loopback nameserver that cannot be mapped to the guests (e.g. dnsmasq running on 127.0.1.1), make DHCP supply NAT Network DNS proxy as nameserver.
- Bridged Network: prevent flooding syslog with packet allocation error messages (bug #15569)
- Audio: now using Audio Queues on Mac OS X hosts
- Audio: fixed recording with the PulseAudio backend (5.1 regression)
- Audio: various bugfixes
- Snapshots: fixed regression in 5.1.4 for deleting snapshots with several disks (bug #15831)
- Snapshots: crash fix and better error reporting when snapshot deletion failed
- Storage: some fixes for the NVMe emulation with Windows guests
- API: fixed initialization of SAS controllers (bug #15972)
- Build system: make it possible to build VBox on systems which default to Python 3
- Windows hosts: detect certain cases of REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG errors and print a helpful error message
- Windows hosts: adapted to changes in Windows 10 build 14901 (bug #15944)
- Windows hosts: better support for processor groups on Windows 7 and later which is required on certain hosts with many CPUs
- Windows installer / Additions: added option to prevent creating of start menu items (bug #15922)
- Windows Additions / VGA: if the guest’s power management turns a virtual screen off, blank the corresponding VM window rather than hide the window
- Windows Additions: fixed a generic bug which could lead to freezing shared folders (bug #15662)
- Linux hosts / guests: fix for kernels with CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK set (bug #16020)
- Linux Additions: don’t require all virtual consoles be in text mode. This should fix cases when the guest is booted with a graphical boot screen (bug #15683)
- Linux Additions: added depmod overrides for the vboxguest and vboxsf kernel modules to fix conflicts with modules shipped by certain Linux distributions
- X11 Additions: disable 3D on the guest if the host does not provide enough capabilities (bug #15860)