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Sun xVM VirtualBox 2 enhances the free virtualization experience

xVM Virtual BoxSun xVM VirtualBox 2.0 has arrived! We did a detailed review of VirtualBox 1.6 back in July, and now a shiny new version is available. If you want to set up a virtualization environment on your Intel Mac, but don't want to spend money on Parallels or VMWare Fusion, xVM VirtualBox 2.0 is a free and full-featured package that may fit your needs very well.

What's new in version 2.0? Mac users will see the following changes:
  • 64-bit OS guest support (only on 64-bit hosts, as one might expect)
  • New native Leopard user interface on Mac OS X hosts
  • New-version notifier
  • Guest property information interface
  • Host Interface Networking on Mac OS X hosts
  • Framework for collecting performance and resource usage data (metrics)
  • Added SATA asynchronous IO (NCQ: Native Command Queuing) when accessing raw disks/partitions (major performance gain)
A list of bug fixes can be viewed after the break. xVM VirtualBox 2.0 can be downloaded here.

Some bugs in earlier versions were squashed as well:
  • VMM: VT-x fixes
  • AHCI/SATA: improved performance
  • GUI: keyboard fixes
  • Network: added support for jumbo frames (> 1536 bytes)
  • Shared Folders: fixed guest crash with Windows Media Player 11
  • Mac OS X: Ctrl+Left mouse click doesn't simulate a right mouse click in the guest anymore. Use Hostkey+Left for a right mouse click emulation.

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