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Oracle VirtualBox reached the new major 5.2 release series with great new features and various bug-fixes and improvements.

New Features in VirtualBox 5.2:

  • export VM to Oracle Cloud.
  • Unattended guest installation, similar to VMware’s “Easy Install”
  • Overhauled VM selector GUI (improved tools VM / global tools handling, new icons)
  • Added experimental audio support for video recording
  • Fixed warning about “XSAVE consistency problem”.
  • Virtual Media Manager and Snapshot Pane rework
  • Ability to enable/disable audio input/output, and more audio settings.
  • Better EFI video mode handling, and support custom video modes
  • See changelog for more.

How to Install Virtualbox 5.2 in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from application launcher. Remove old Virtualbox via command:

sudo apt-get remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.1

2. Download & install the latest Virtualbox package from the link below:

Download VirtualBox for Linux

3. If you’ve added the Oracle VBox repository, you can directly install the 5.2 release from Synaptic Package Manager or via apt command, after removing the old version.

To add the repository, do:

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

Depends your Ubuntu edition, replace xenial (for Ubuntu 16.04) with trusty (for 14.04, Mint 17.x, eOS 0.3), or zesty (for Ubuntu 17.04).

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

Setup the keyring so to trust the updates from the repository:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Finally install virtualbox 5.2 via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.2

With the repository added, you can simply install the future 5.2 series updates via Software Updater.

Virtualbox

Oracle VirtualBox 5.1.28, a new maintenance release for the 5.1 series, was released recently with various important bug fixes.

Changes in VirtualBox 5.1.28 include:

  • Fix accidental crashes when using the AC’97 sound emulation
  • Fix crash when default audio input or output devices have changed
  • Fix audio recording when using the ALSA backend
  • Fix audio handle leak when using the OSS backend
  • E1000: fixed a crash related to VLAN traffic over internal network
  • OVF: when importing an appliance with XHCI controller, don’t add an OHCI controller.
  • NAT: apply --natbindip1 to TCP connections
  • Fix in Mac OS X a GUI crash if Spotlight is used from file dialogs
  • Fix in Mac OS X mouse events did not reach host windows behind the transparent VM window
  • Fix creating fixed sized VDI images in Linux host.
  • Fix for Linux 4.4 of openSUSE Leap 42.3
  • Linux Additions: kernel drm driver support for custom EL7 Linux 3.10 kernel
  • A fix to bridged networking to prevent Windows host crash.

Download Install Virtualbox 5.1.28 in Ubuntu:

The official Linux binaries are available for download at the link below:

Download Virtualbox for Linux

For those who want to add Oracle Linux repository to receive Virtualbox updates using “Software Updater” utility, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from application launcher and do:

1. Add the repository for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

For Linux Mint 18.x, replace $(lsb_release -cs) in the code with xenial

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Install the gpg key via command:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. To install virtualbox 5.1 for the first time, run command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

Uninstall:

You can remove Virtualbox Linux repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

To remove Virtualbox 5.1, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove virtualbox-5.1

Virtualbox

Oracle Vritualbox got an update for its 5.1 series earlier today with lots of bug-fixes.

For Linux users, Virtualbox 5.1.24 brings fixes to Kernel 4.12 and Kernel 4.13, fixes for loading shared libraries, fixes for kernel modules built with gcc-7, makes 2D video acceleration available for older Linux distributions.

Other changes in Virtualbox 5.1.24 include:

  • VMM: mask the VME CPUID capability on AMD Ryzen processors.
  • VMM: emulate more SSE2 instructions
  • VMM: properly clear the TF and AC flags when dispatching real-mode interrupts
  • GUI: fixes to make the mini-toolbar work with recent versions of KDE / Plasma
  • GUI: fixed a potential crash when a VM with multiple screens is running in full screen / seamless mode and a host screen is removed.
  • GUI: fixed initial size hints for guests which set intermediate sizes before responding
  • GUI: prevent stopped screen updates or black screen on reboot in a multi-screen setup under certain conditions
  • Audio: many improvements for Windows 10 guests
  • Storage: fixed possible crash when using Intels SPDK
  • API: use the correct file name of the VM machine state if the VM settings directory is renamed, for example during grouping / ungrouping a VM
  • API: return the correct error code if powering up a VM fails
  • API: video recording did not automatically start at VM start when enabled in the VM settings
  • API: when relocating a medium, check that the target path is fully qualified
  • EFI: fix for VMs with more than 3504MB RAM
  • Host-only adapter: correctly determine IPv4 netmasks on Windows hosts
  • NAT network: properly do the refcounting for starting / stopping the NAT / DHCP services if the NAT network is changed while the adapter network connection type is anything else but NAT network
  • VBoxManage: fixed controlvm videocapfile
  • Windows hosts: fixed crashes if driver verifier is enabled

Download / Install Virtualbox:

The official Linux binaries (i386 for 32-bit, amd64 for 64-bit) for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 are available for download at the link below:

Virtualbox Linux Download

If you have a previous 5.1 series installed, and enabled the Virtualbox Linux repository, you can simply upgrade Virtualbox via Software Updater:

upgrade virtualbox

To manually add the VirtualBox Linux repository, do:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher, when it opens, run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

for Linux Mint 18.x, replace $(lsb_release -cs) in the code with xenial

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Download and install the gpg key:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

To install virtualbox 5.1 for the first time, run command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

Virtualbox

VirtualBox 5.1.20, another maintenance release for the Oracle VirtualBox 5.1 series was released a few hours go.

VirtualBox 5.1.20 is a small release with some bug fixes, changelog includes:

  • GUI: don’t check if the Extension Pack is up-to-date if the user is about to install a new Extension Pack
  • GUI: fixed a possible crash when switching a multi-monitor VM into full-screen or seamless mode
  • GUI: fixed non-literal shortcuts if the keyboard is not captured (5.1.10 regression; Windows hosts only)
  • GUI: several mini-toolbar fixes in full-screen / seamless mode (X11 hosts only)
  • GUI: don’t crash on restoring defaults in the appliance import dialog
  • Windows Additions: another fix for automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer
  • ICH9: fix for Windows guests with a huge amount (>64G) of guest memory
  • BIOS: fixed El Torito hard disk emulation geometry calculation

Oracle Virtualbox

Download / Install VirtualBox 5.1.20:

The official Linux binary packages for the latest VirtualBox are available for download at the link below:

Download VirtualBox for Linux

If you have a previous 5.1 series installed, and added the Virtualbox Linux repository, upgrade Virtualbox using Software Updater:

upgrade virtualbox

To manually add the VirtualBox Linux repository, do:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Download and install the gpg key:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. To install virtualbox 5.1 for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install virtualbox-5.1

Virtualbox

A new maintenance release, VirtualBox 5.1.18, was released last night just one week after the last release.

VirtualBox 5.1.18 is a small release with following bug-fixes:

  • For Windows guests, fixed following issues:
    • Shared folders with long path are not mounted properly
    • Shared folder became case sensitive in 5.1.16
  • API: fixed snapshot handling of medium attachments and PCI device attachments
  • API: make 32-bit Windows guests in raw mode boot again if the ICH9 chipset is used
  • VBoxBugReport: fixed VM log collection issue
  • Linux hosts: fixed autostart service script
  • Windows Additions: fixed automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer

Oracle Virtualbox

Download / Install VirtualBox 5.1.18 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives, the DEB packages are available for download at the link below:

VirtualBox Linux Download Page

You can also add Virtualbox Linux repository, and receive updates via Software Updater (Update Manager) by following the steps below one by one:

1. Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T keys. When it opens, run command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

The $(lsb_release -cs) section in the code returns your Ubuntu code-name.

add-vbox-repo

2. Then download & install the GPG key:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally you’re able to upgrade VirtualBox using Software Updater:

upgrade virtualbox

Or simply run commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1