Thursday, 2 July 2009

VirtualBox Beta 3.0 Released

The Sun-sponsored project "VirtualBox" has released a beta 3.0 version of its x86-oriented virtualization software. The Linux-compatible xVM VirtualBox 3.0 adds support for guest Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) with up to 32 virtual CPUs, as well as support for version 2.0 of the OpenGL graphics acceleration standard.Targeted at server, desktop, and embedded platforms based on x86, VirtualBox lets users run their favorite software, Sun says, while enabling developers convenience when building, testing, and running "cross-platform, multi-tier applications." It does this by enabling development and target systems to share a single physical host. Supported target "platforms" include Linux, OpenSolaris, Solaris, Windows, and Mac OS X.

The Beta 1 release of version 3.0 is bleeding edge, caution the project leaders. New features are said to include:

  • Guest SMP support for up to 32 virtual CPUs (VT-x and AMD-V only)
  • Ability to use Direct3D 8/9 applications and games (Windows guests only; experimental)
  • Support for OpenGL 2.0 for Windows, Linux, and Solaris guests
  • New USB support for high-speed isochronous endpoints, as well as read-ahead buffering for input endpoints, enabling additional devices like webcams (currently Linux hosts only)
  • Kernel module compile fixes on Linux hosts
  • Multiple fixes and minor additions related to VMM, GUI, VHD, among others
Official Announcement on VirtualBox is could be found h3r3

Download Link of VirtualBox beta 3.0 is h3r3

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