VirtualBox 4.0.8 released and ubuntu 11.04/10.10 installation instructions included

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Oracle VM VirtualBox, formerly Sun xVM VirtualBox and innotek VirtualBox, is a family of x86 virtualization products for enterprise and home use.VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

What is new in virtualbox 4.0.8

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

Mac OS X hosts: fixed incompatibility with recent Mac OS X versions in 64-bit mode (bug #8474)
Mac OS X hosts: fixed incompatibility with hosts with more than 16 cores (bug #8389)
Mac OS X hosts: fixed painting corruptions on a second monitor in 64-bit mode (bug #7606)
GUI: restored functionality to set an empty host key to disallow any host key combination (4.0.6 regression; bug #8793)
VBoxManage: added controlvm screenshotpng subcommand for saving the screenshot of a running VM in PNG format
VBoxHeadless: fixed potential crash during shutdown (Windows hosts only)
NAT: built-in services use the correct Ethernet addresses in Ethernet header and in ARP requests
Host-only networking: fixed adapter reference counting
E1000: fixed rare guest crashes with Linux SMP guests (bug #8755)
SATA: fixed guest disk corruption under rare circumstances (only relevant for guests with more than 2GB RAM; bug #8826)
Storage: fixed data corruption after a snapshot was taken with asynchronous I/O enabled (bug #8498)
Floppy: several improvement
HPET: another fix for time jumps (bug #8707)
USB: removed assumption that string descriptors are null-terminated (Windows hosts only)
3D support: fixed a potential crash when resizing the guest window
3D support: fixed GNOME 3 rendering under Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15
Snapshots: fixed another bug which could lose entries in the media registry when restoring a snapshot (bug #8363)
Shared Folders: don't stop mounting the other valid folders if one host folder is inaccessible (4.0.6 regression)
Linux Additions: check whether gcc and make are installed before building kernel modules (bug #8795)
Solaris Additions: added support for X.Org Server 1.10
Guest Additions: fixed inappropriate Guest Additions update notification when using vendor-specific version suffixes (bug #8844)

Install virtualbox 4.0.8 on ubuntu 11.04

You need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian natty contrib

For ubuntu 10.10 users add the following line

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

Save and exit the file

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

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install virtualbox

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.0

Note: Ubuntu/Debian 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. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. 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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