Virtualbox 3.2 released and Ubuntu installation instructions included

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Virtualbox 3.2 Features
Performance

•New Latest Intel hardware support – Harnessing the latest in chip-level support for virtualization, VirtualBox 3.2 supports new Intel Core i5 and i7 processor and Intel Xeon processor 5600 Series support for Unrestricted Guest Execution bringing faster boot times for everything from Windows to Solaris guests;

•New Large Page support – Reducing the size and overhead of key system resources, Large Page support delivers increased performance by enabling faster lookups and shorter table creation times.

•New In-hypervisor Networking – Significant optimization of the networking subsystem has reduced context switching between guests and host, increasing network throughput by up to 25%.

•New New Storage I/O subsystem – VirtualBox 3.2 offers a completely re-worked virtual disk subsystem which utilizes asynchronous I/O to achieve high-performance whilst maintaining high data integrity;

•New Remote Video Acceleration – The unique built-in VirtualBox Remote Display Protocol (VRDP), which is primarily used in virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, has been enhanced to deliver video acceleration. This delivers a rich user experience coupled with reduced computational expense, which is vital when servers are running hundreds of virtual machines;

You can check here for full changelog for virtualbox 3.2 from here

Install Virtualbox 3.2 in Ubuntu

Method 1

Download virtualbox 3.2 .deb packages from here

Install .deb packages using the following comamnd

sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-3.2_3.2.0-61806~Ubuntu~lucid_i386.deb

Method 2

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file from your terminal

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add one of the following

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid non-free

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic non-free

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian jaunty non-free

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian intrepid non-free

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy non-free

Save and exit the file

Download and install GPG key

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

install VirtualBox, do

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.2

Note: Ubuntu users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:

sudo apt-get install dkms

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8 thoughts on “Virtualbox 3.2 released and Ubuntu installation instructions included

  1. virtual box doesn’t recognize my modem when inserted. why?
    when I use windows directly, the modem is recognized and installed automatically

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  2. When I start a virtual image (also with different OS), virtual box freeze my netbook in few seconds. On my desktop is all ok.

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  3. priyess: if you are using the community version of virtualbox..which i think is the one included in ubnutu.. and assuming your modem is USB.. that particular version of VB does not have USB support.. you have to download the non-community version to get USB support..

    unfortunately.. the article does not specify if the version you are installing is the community version or not.. overall i think having 2 version and one of the main differences is USB support or not is just STUPID.. no.. other than that VB is great.. i use both vmware workstation and VB…

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  4. Upgrading from VirtualBox 3.18 to 3.20 made my WinXP guest unbootable. (Hangs on mup.sys) Caveat Emptor

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  5. @Tony: I have exactly the same problem I hope somebody finds a solution. Downgrading to 3.1.8 doesn’t help

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  6. Whenever I install virtualbox-3.2 from the repositories (method 2 in your excellent article) the drivers are NOT compiled. /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup also doesn’t help, but removing and the reinstalling virtualbox-3.2 does work.

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  7. I followed all of your instructions and I get this:

    :/$ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-3.2
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    virtualbox-3.2: Depends: libc6 (>= 2.11) but 2.10.1-0ubuntu17 is to be installed
    Depends: libqt4-network (>= 4:4.5.3) but 4.5.3really4.5.2-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: libqt4-opengl (>= 4:4.5.3) but 4.5.3really4.5.2-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.6.1) but 4.5.3really4.5.2-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.6.1) but 4.5.3really4.5.2-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: libssl0.9.8 (>= 0.9.8k-1) but 0.9.8g-16ubuntu3.2 is to be installed
    E: Broken packages

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  8. I’m using VirtualBox 3.2.10 r65…..
    host:WinXP Pro, Intel E6750 Dual Core 2.66GHz- 2GB Ram
    guest: ubuntu 9.10
    Main installed software on guest
    Apache 2.2
    MySQL 5.0
    PHP 5.2.10
    Netbeans 6.91
    Play4Linux (for Windows Browsers installs) 3.8
    RapidSVN
    Rapache
    PhpMyAdmin
    MySQL Administrator
    Windows browsers:
    IE6
    IE7
    Opera 9.6
    Safari 3.5
    Linux Browsers
    Firefox
    Chrome
    Opera
    Fennec
    Elinks
    Apache starts at boot.
    3 servers are automounted through sshfs at boot
    Shared directory automounted at boot

    So this is a web development setup, the 3 automounted servers are our development, staging and production sites…using Cisco VPN software on the WinXP host to setup the connection…the VM uses 1 Ethernet (NAT) connection.

    If just browsing everything is reasonably snappy, it is a VM after all and competing for resources…but when doing development work with netbeans and then launching local copies of any of the sites it runs like a 386 trying to load Windows Vista or something…intolerable really…one of our developers almost tossed his monitor waiting for a page load…
    So now am building an identical VM using VMWare Player….I really don’t expect there to be much difference in performance but my supervisor is hoping that it will pick up a little…wil let you know how it goes….

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