VirtualBox 4.2.10 released and ubuntu installation instructions included

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VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 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) version 2.

What is new in virtualbox 4.2.10

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

GUI: fixed keyboard with XQuartz X server (bug #10664)
Main/Display: fixed a crash with multi-monitors under certain conditions (Mac OS X hosts only)
Main/Properties: fixed a crash under certain conditions, for example after wakeup from host hibernate (bug #11444)
Settings: don't lose the internal network settings if they are not currently active
Storage: another incompatibility fix for VHD differencing images with Hyper-V (bug #5990)
VBoxManage: don't read beyond the end of the file specified with export --eulafile (bug #11528)
Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.9-rc0 compile fixes (bug #11529)
Linux Additions: fixed two warnings in the shared folders guest kernel module (bug #11390)
Linux Additions: don't crash VBoxService if libdbus is not available (bug #8638)
Windows Additions: fixed upgrading MultiMedia Redirection (MMR) support

Install VirtualBox 4.2.10 in ubuntu 12.10/12.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

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

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb precise contrib

If you are running ubuntu 11.10 add the following line

deb oneiric contrib

Save and exit the file

Now install PGP key using the following command

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add --

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install virtualbox

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2

If you have problem with the above PPA you can download .deb package from here.Once you have deb package you can double click on it to install this package.

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1 Response

  1. Ken says:

    “it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source”

    What about KVM/QEMU? This is enterprise ready and is GPL. It is used in RHEL and many other distributions.

    On very large negative for virtualbox is that it is owned by Oracle.

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