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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 4.2.6

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

VMM: don't inject stale VT-x events to prevent crashes after VM reset (bug #11256)
VMM: workaround for buggy BIOSes which enable MONITOR only for certain CPUs (bugs #9460, #10686)
GUI: fixed trimming of anti-aliased text in details-view element headers (4.2.0 regression)
GUI: fixed create-settings-file-alias functionality on Mac hosts (4.2.0 regression)
GUI: fixed take-guest-screenshot functionality on Windows hosts (bug #11095)
GUI: several minor fixes, including palette fixes (bug #11191)
GUI: fixed Windows 2012 OS type (bug #11206)
GUI: allow to terminate the VM even if VBoxSVC crashed
API: fixed cancelling of snapshots, previously this could lead to inconsistent VM configs (bug #6877)
API: fixed identifying disk images by UUID (bug #11209)
3D Support: several fixes
VRDP: fixed occasional crash with external authentication (bug #11156)
VGA: fix for double scan text modes
USB: fixed invalid pending request count at the time of service of DEVICE POWER requests (Windows hosts only; bugs #10021, #11056)
USB keyboard: Korean keyboard workaround (bug #11150)
Storage: fixed hang with QCOW images and asynchronous I/O enabled
Storage: fixed hang with newer VHD images (bug #11279)
Storage: actually write the non-rotational flag to the VM settings (4.2.0 regression)
Virtio-net: fixed the problem with network statistics counters in Session Information dialog (GUI)
Metrics: introduced network rate and disk usage metrics
Metrics: fixed a crash under certain conditions on Solaris hosts
BIOS: fix for El Torito
Shared Folders: if the host folder of a shared folder mapping does not exist, keep it active but mark it as invalid to prevent inconsitent saved states (bug #11147)
VBoxManage: fixed converting disks from raw images
VBoxManage: show snapshot description in the VM or snapshot information
VBoxManage: make implicit opening of media consistent in all places dealing with media
VBoxManage: the iSCSI initiator name was not stored in the settings file when doing storageattach (bug #11212)
VBoxManage: metrics collect now properly handles ‘CPU/MHz' and ‘Net/*/LinkSpeed' metrics
VBoxManage: changing the image UUID or parent UUID as part of storageattach works now in all safe cases
VBoxManage: introduced storageattach --medium additions as a shortcut to mount the additions image (bug #11165)
OVF: fixed importing OVF files cerated by recent VMware products (bug #10905)
Linux hosts / Bridged Networking: fixed the problem with leaking connections in conntrack (bug #11178)
Linux Additions: added support for ConsoleKit sessions in the vminfo service of VBoxService
Linux Additions: don't crash during remount under certain conditions (bug #11291)
Linux/Solaris Additions: fixed guest memory metrics collection
Solaris hosts: added a dependency to ensure that the user directories are reachable when starting VBox services
Windows host installer: integrated user-contributed translations, thanks to all contributors!
Windows Additions: fixed auto-logon installation for Windows 8
Windows Additions: don't fail if the shared folders host service is not available
Windows Additions: fixed Guest Additions startup on Windows 2000 guests (bug #11253)
Windows Additions: auto-resize fixes for Windows 8 guests

Install VirtualBox 4.2.6 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 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian precise contrib

If you are running ubuntu 11.10 add the following line

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

Save and exit the file

Now install PGP key using the following command

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-4.2

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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