Install Virtualbox 4.3.8 in Ubuntu 13.10/12.04/12.10/13.04

February 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

virtualbox 4.3.8 ubuntu 13.10

Virtualbox 4.3.8 has been released a few hours ago on February 25, 2014. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to install or upgrade to Virtualbox 4.3.8 in Ubuntu.

This is a maintenance release that brings various fixes, UI improvements as well as other changes. For details, see:

  • VMM: more work on improving the emulation of certain MSR registers
  • VMM: fixed a VERR_INVALID_RPL Guru Meditation when booting certain guests
  • VMM: experimental support for SSE 4.1 / SSE 4.2 passthrough, see the manual for more information how to enable it
  • VMM: fix for recent Linux kernels with software virtualization
  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows hosts, see the manual for more information
  • GUI: warn the user if the Oracle Extension Pack is not installed and the user tries to activate the remote display feature
  • GUI: make sure that a minimized guest (using mini toolbar in fullscreen/seamless mode) keeps the minimized state
  • GUI: popup banner’s “do not show this message again” check-box replaced with corresponding button
  • GUI: network adapter cables can now be connected/disconnected directly through the running virtual machine Devices / Network menu a Network status-bar indicator
  • GUI: the new VM wizard now proposes 64-bit guests on 64-bit hosts by default; better distinction between 32-bit OS types 64-bit OS types
  • GUI: better error message if appliance import fails
  • GUI: allow to set host-combination to ‘None’ using the Global settings / Input page
  • GUI: don’t switch the guest to a black screen during online snapshot merge (4.3 regression)
  • VBoxManage: when exporting an appliance, support the suppression of MAC addresses, which means they will be always recreated on import, avoiding duplicate MAC addresses for VMs which are imported several times
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during suspend under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during online snapshot merge under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a bug which resulted in Windows XP guest hangs if a SATA CDROM is attached
  • AHCI: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions
  • AHCI: ejecting a CD/DVD medium failed under certain conditions
  • AHCI: disk hotplugging fixes
  • NAT: transparent handling of host sleep/resume and network configuration changes if the dnsproxy is enabled or if the hostresolver is used
  • NAT: fixed crash and misbehaviour under some circumstances with ICMP packets having TTL=1
  • NAT Network: fixed IPv6 reassembly
  • NAT Network: ping proxy implemented
  • OVF: fixed reading of the OVF 0.9 section element
  • OVF: several fixes
  • 3D: several fixes, multiscreen fixes
  • 3D: include 3D content in captured videos
  • 3D: include 3D content in captured screenshot
  • VGA: proper handling of legacy graphics modes if the Guest Additions are active
  • USB: fixed crash during isochronous transfer under rare circumstances
  • BIOS: better disk geometry handling of SCSI drives
  • API: fix crashes in Java API clients using the XPCOM binding, happened with output parameters only
  • VBoxSVC: documented the handling of host power management events (see the manual for more information) and added an extradata item for configuring the handling of the battery-low event
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a bug which could trigger a crash if a VM snapshot was restored the second time and the VM has associated bandwidth groups
  • VBoxSVC: properly detect ifconfig if located in /bin
  • Shared Folders: fixed a failure to restore transient shared folders when starting a VM from a saved state
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed issue when the application icon was frozen in the dock if the bridging interface was not connected to a network
  • Linux hosts: also consider the physical package ID when determining the number of physical CPU cores
  • Linux hosts / guests: don’t warn in kernel log if memory allocation fails
  • Solaris hosts: fixed the autostart SMF script
  • Windows hosts: fixes for non-ANSI code page user names and similar environment contents
  • Windows hosts / guests: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables (relevant for Guest Control)
  • Windows Additions: fixed handle leaks in VBoxTray
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash while detecting active guest users
  • Windows Additions: fixed restoring backed up D3D files on XPDM -> WDDM upgrade
  • Guest Control: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables
  • Linux Additions: support Enterprise Linux 6.5 kernels
  • Linux Additions: fixed CPU hot-remove on newer Linux kernels
  • Linux / Solaris Additions: don’t automount a shared folder which is already mounted
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.15
    Install / Upgrade:

    Method 1: The official download page provides the DEB packages. Double-click on the DEB and then you can click the install button in pop-up Ubuntu Software Center.

    Method 2: You can also install virtualbox from its repository and receive updates by running the commands below one by one:

    Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open a terminal window. When it opens, run:

    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'
    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3

    The first command will add the virtualbox repository to your system, and the second will download and import the key. After that, you’re able to install or upgrade virtualbox-4.3 via your package manager or via the last 2 commands.

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