VirtualBox 5.0.16 released and ubuntu installation instructions included

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What is new in virtualbox 5.0.16

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

VMM: fixed a problem which could lead to a wrong guest behavior on AMD CPUs (tickets #14831 and #15186)
GUI: don't try to synchronize the HID LEDs if the VM window is not active or if it's minimized (Windows / Mac OS X hosts only; bug #14302)
GUI: prevent a crash during startup under rare conditions
GUI: sub-menu option to disable the guest-OS type overlay in the application dock icon on Mac OS X
GUI: position off-screen windows to be fully visible again on relaunch
GUI: hide the VT-x/AMD-V checkbox if raw-mode is not supported (usually Mac OS X hosts; bug #15178)
PC speaker passthrough: new experimental feature, available on Linux host only
Audio: several fixes for Mac OS X hosts + guests
Audio: properly handle default audio device changes (Windows hosts)
USB: serveral fixes for the xHCI controller (e.g. for webcam passthrough)
BIOS: fixed int15/AH=83/AL=00 function (4.2.0 regression)
iPXE: enable the HTTP download protocol on non-Linux hosts (bug #13628)
Shared folders: fixed a failure to load the saved state under certain circumstances (bug #6314)
Guest Control: added support for (cached) Active Directory authentication in case the domain controller is not reachable (anymore)
Serial ports: raised the number of serial ports per VM from 2 to 4 (bug #9109)
Serial ports: fix for the TCP/IP backend (Windows hosts only; bug #15188)
SDK: make the Python webservice API binding work again (5.0 regression)
Seamless mode: fixed a crash under certain circumstances (bug #15106)
Linux hosts: fixed the /sbin/rcvboxdrv script as well as the missing shebang in two scripts (bugs #15055 and #15057)
Linux hosts: properly uninstall Python files installed by the .run installer
Windows hosts: hardening fix required for recent Windows insider builds (bug #14052)
Windows hosts: fixed Python installation path (bug #13131)
Windows hosts: support MTU larger than 2 KB with bridged networking (bug #15140)
Windows hosts / guests: properly sign binaries using a sha-256 certificate (bug #15054)
Windows Additions: fixed guest property enumeration of logged-in users
Windows Additions: fixed sporadical failure of the graphics driver in Windows 10 guests (bug #14409)
Windows Additions: under rare circumstances no mouse movement events were delivered to the guest

Install VirtualBox 5.0.16 on ubuntu 15.10/15.04/14.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

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

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Ubuntu 15.10 users add the following line

deb wily contrib

For Ubuntu 15.04 users add the following line

deb vivid contrib

For Ubuntu 14.10 users add the following line

deb utopic 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-5.0

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. Scott Palmer says:

    I don’t believe the package fully sets up VirtualBox.

    For example:
    * the “vboxusers” group is empty. If you are not a member of that group, you will not be able to attach USB devices.
    * the auto-start is not configured. (/etc/default/virtualbox is incomplete, no auto-start database folder is created, and no users are on the allow list to autostart, nor is it enabled in virtualbox proper)

    Perhaps a more comprehensive blog post is in order?

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