Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.16 Released with Kernel 5.9 Support

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Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.16 was released as a new maintenance release with Kernel 5.9 support for Linux host and guest.

Virtualbox 6.1.16 changelog:

  • Fixed random memory corruption and XMM register state corruption inside the VM when Hyper-V is used
  • Fixed VMSVGA 3D support with Linux guests when Hyper-V is used
  • Fixed some Qt related crashes on macOS Big Sur
  • Fixed network integration not working behind some proxies
  • Mask out remote wake capability to avoid unresponsive devices
  • Fixed issues with audio playback after host goes to sleep
  • Keep transferring data if the status line monitoring fails
  • Fixed blocking a re-connect when TCP mode is used
  • Fixed inability of guests to use the last timer
  • Fixed detection of system locale when running ‘VBoxManage unattended install’ without –locale
  • macOS host: Installer on Big Sur is now reminding user that system has to be rebooted to load the installed KEXTs
  • Support kernel version 5.9
  • Linux guest: Workaround to improve resizing of 32-bit VMs with VMSVGA graphics controller, and do not try to use RandR version 1.3 due to bugs causing the X server to hang
  • Linux guest: Fixed VBoxService crashing in the CPU hot-plug service under certain circumstances during a CPU hot-unplug event.
  • Fixed Guest additions build for RHEL 8.3 beta

How to Install VirtualBox 6.1.16 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb packages are available for download at the link below:

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If you’ve already added the Oracle apt repository for Linux, install the updates simply via Software Updater.

Or add the apt repository by running following commands one by one:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), paste below command and run to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

For Linux Mint, you HAVE to replace $(lsb_release -sc) in the command with bionic for Mint 19.x, or xenial for Mint 18.x, or focal for Linux Mint 20.

2. Then download and install the repository key via command:

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

3. Refresh system package cache via command:

sudo apt update

4. Finally install Virtualbox 6.1:

sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1

Uninstall:

To remove it, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove virtualbox-6.1

And go to Software & Updates -> Other Software to remove apt repositories.