Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Candidate 1 (RC1)

Oracle has announced to have released version 5.0 Candidate 1 (RC1) for its virtualization platform VM VirtualBox. The release brings enhancement and bug fixes to the previous versions, improving stability and fixing regressions from Release Candidate 2. The update can be downloaded from the VirtualBox binaries page.

The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: fixed a problem with large pages in Hyper-V
  • VMM: when using the KVM PV provider, use the same frequency for all VCPUs. This will fix slow boots on certain hosts.
  • VMM: fixed a hang under certain conditions for SMP guests
  • VMM: several fixes
  • AHCI: fixed a crash during shutdown under rare conditions
  • AHCI: fixed crash as a result of I/O errors in certain conditions
  • Audio: fixed a VM hang with the ALSA backend with certain ALSA configurations
  • VGA: fixed loading of saved state if 2D Video Acceleration is enabled
  • GUI: apply user interface settings from corresponding page only after pressing OK, not instantly on-the-fly
  • GUI: remember size-hints and enabled/disabled states for secondary guest-screens in multi-screen setups on VM restart
  • Drag and drop: various fixes for KDE-based guests
  • Drag and drop: added transferring plain text to Windows guests
  • Drag and drop: fixed transferring large files from host to Linux/Unix guests
  • Guest Control: several fixes
  • Mac OS X hosts: El Capitan fixes
  • Additions/Linux: added -s parameter to mount.vboxsf to be sloppy with invalid parameters