VirtualBox 4.1.2 released and ubuntu 11.04/10.10 installation instructions included

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What is new in virtualbox 4.1.2

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

VMM: fixed 64-bit guests on AMD Fusion CPUs (bug #8824)
VMM: fixed handling of the sysenter/sysexit machine instructions in 64-bit guests on Intel hosts
GUI: added linked clone support
GUI: fixed error check when changing the VM controller settings (4.1.0 regression; bug #9246)
GUI: fixed the inclusion of additional information (license, vendor, ...) on OVF export
GUI: when taking a snapshot from the VM selector, don't do a live snapshot
GUI: fixed immediate crash during start on certain environments due to a library version conflict
Guest control execution: implemented copying single files from guest to the host (directories and filters not supported yet)
Guest control execution: limited to serve up to 5 guest processes at a time by default
Main: return the correct RDP default port fixing settings warnings in the GUI if the remote display was enabled at runtime (bug #9368)
VBoxSVC: made the path comparison OS independent when images are registered (bug #9303)
VBoxSVC: several fixes/performance improvements for cloning of VMs
Snapshots: fixed "Solid-State drive" flag survival on snapshot creation (bug #9379)
VBoxManage: implemented copyfrom and stat guest control tools to copy files from guest to host and to check for existence of files on the guest
VBoxManage: fixed extpack install --replace (bug #9308)
VBoxManage: allow to start multiple VMs with startvm
VBoxManage: experimental support for SATA CD/DVD hotplugging
Mouse support: fixed an off-by-one pointer position error affecting Windows guests (bugs #7566, #9321)
VRDP: fixed a case when the screen was not redrawn correctly (bug #9242)
NAT: changed TCP connection establishment according to Winsock API requirements (Windows hosts only; bug #8919)
USB: fixed device recognition issues (bugs #9299) and fixed several device capturing issues (Windows hosts; bug #9299)
USB: fixed issues with remote filters being applied to local USB devices
OVA: fixed import of renamed OVA files (bug #9033)
Windows host: fixed icon for .VDI files (bug #9393)
Solaris hosts: fixed a bug preventing parallel usage of multiple host NICs with Crossbow based bridged networking
Linux hosts: fixed random kernel panics on host suspend / shutdown (4.1.0 regression; bug #9305)
Guest Additions: keep logged in user count in out-of-memory situations and warn about it
Solaris Additions: fixed shared folders due to missing symbols in the vboxfs module (4.0.12 / 4.1.0 regression; bug #9264)
Windows Additions: fixed file truncation on a shared folder with some applications (bugs #9276, #9315)
Windows Additions: fixed shared folder issues with antivirus software and 64 bit Windows guests (bug #9318)
Windows Vista and 7 guests: WDDM driver fixes and performance enhancements, fixed WinSAT crashes (#9267)
Linux Additions: fixed llseek() for Linux kernels 2.6.37 and above

Install virtualbox 4.1.2 on ubuntu 11.04

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

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb natty contrib

For ubuntu 10.10 users add the following line

deb maverick contrib non-free

Save and exit the file

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

Update source list

sudo apt-get update

Install virtualbox

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1

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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1 Response

  1. Alastair says:

    I think your instructions are great but currently I think I am missing some related virtualbox installation software because I get the following after reloading with synaptic:

    Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry ‘contrib/source/Sources’ in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)
    Failed to fetch Unable to find expected entry ‘Sources’ in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

    Even though I have an single entry for virtualbox-4.1 (4.1.2-73507-Ubuntu-natty) in Synaptic Package Manager and many others entries for virtualbox 4.04 such as virtualbox-ose as well as virtualbox-ose-dkms and others.

    Perhaps there is a temporary problem with some entries in the sources.list on the site for debian operating systems such as mine (Ubuntu 11.04 with the latest kernel).

    I do get virtualbox-4.1 installed but when trying to start my XP guest virtual machine, I get errors saying to try to install kernel modules using the vboxdrv tool which is not on my system.

    This is the message box text:
    Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing

    ‘/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup’

    as root. Users of Ubuntu, Fedora or Mandriva should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.

    I hope you can help or suggest how to find out if the problem is with virtualbox sources list and how to get them to fix it so virtualbox will work on my 11.04 Ubuntu version?
    (I verified that my XP VM is fine by using virtualbox running on an Ubuntu 10.04 and a Windows XP host).

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