VirtualBox, one of the best ( and my personal favorite) virtualization applications has just gotten a new lease in life. The developers of VirtualBox have uploaded the first beta version of their next major release, VirtualBox 4.
One of the notable changes seems to be the way features are going to be available.
As of version 4.0, certain features of VirtualBox are shipped as part of external packages (extpacks).
As of now there is one such extension pack, the PUEL extension pack which features support for USB 2.0, RDP server and the PXE bootloader with E1000 support. It would seem like Oracle intends to ship only one version of VirtualBox, with extra (closed-source ?) features added on as extra packs. And given the way Oracle has acted previously it wouldn’t be surprised if some paid extrasget tacked on.
Some of the new features included this major release include:
- Support for resizing existing virtual hard disk images ( Finally!)
- Support for copying files into guest filesystem
- Support for auto-update of Guest additions ( Windows only, as of now)
- Intel HD Audio is available as one of the audio hardware on the guest.