Virtualbox 4.2.18 Released, Install / Upgrade in Ubuntu Linux Mint

September 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Oracle has announced the Virtualbox 4.2.18, a maintenance release which brings some bug fixes and improvements.

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Here are the changes in this new release:

  • VMM: properly handle NMIs on Linux hosts with X2APIC enabled
  • VMM: fixed potential crashes with 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts (bug #11979)
  • GUI / seamless: properly handle mouse wheel scroll events
  • GUI, VBoxManage: when unregistering a VM, also unregister the hard disk images which are used exclusively (bug #10311)
  • GUI: prevent crashes under certain conditions on X11 hosts
  • 3D: multiscreen fixes (incorrect mouse position, flickers)
  • 3D Support: several fixes for the Windows WDDM video driver (multiscreen, seamless)
  • Snapshots: made live snapshots work again (bug #9255)
  • Teleportation: made it work again (bug #9455)
  • VBoxManage: on snapshot take, –pause is default and –live is for doing live snapshots
  • VBoxSVC: don’t crash on systems with many VLAN interfaces (Solaris hosts only)
  • Network: after the host resumes from suspend, disconnect and reconnect the virtual network cables to force renewing the DHCP leases for the guests. So far only Mac OS X hosts and Windows hosts (bug #10063).
  • NAT: on name server changes force a reconnect of the virtual network cable to notify the guest (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • Mac OS X installer: keep previously installed Extension Packs on VirtualBox upgrade
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 3.11 fixes (bug #12001)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed a potential kernel panic caused due to unexpected preemption due to logging.
  • Windows hosts: fixed an issue with USB2 devices being inaccessible when plugged into USB3 ports.
  • Linux Additions: added PCI device identifier to vboxvideo.ko fixing DRI initialization under certain conditions (bug #11957)
  • Linux Additions: fixed udev detection in the init script with Linux 3.x kernels

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Virtualbox 4.2.18 via the official ppa repository in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, and their deviratives such as Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

Install / Upgrade Virtualbox

There’re two ways to install it on Ubuntu system:

1. Download and install Deb package from official download page.

2. Install or upgrade to latest version via ppa. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

a. Add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)  contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

b. get the key:

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

c. update and install:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2

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