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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.28
  • Total Downloads:
    319,723
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 15, 2017
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    118.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    581
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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VirtualBox is a professional-grade, open-source virtualization software. If you're not happy with the virtualization options available to you in the paid software marketplace, then exploring VirtualBox might be for you.

Pros

Range of supported systems: VirtualBox is available on all the major operating systems. This allows you to take advantage of open-source virtualization whether your platform is Mac, Windows, Linux, or Solaris. You can then run most versions of Windows, DOS, Linux, or Solaris as a virtual system.

Lots of info: One of the typical advantages of open-source software is that the user community creates a wide range of help and technical documents to assist people in the software's operation. VirtualBox is no exception, and there is ample documentation available to anyone who needs help with their VirtualBox setup.

Cons

Operating system integration: The paid virtualization solutions have much better integration between the host system and the guest operating system. For instance, using VMWare or Parallels, you can drag and drop files from one system to the other. You can't do that with VirtualBox.

Lack of active support: Virtualization software is complicated and can easily have things go wrong with it. When this happens with a product that you're paying for, you have access to a lot of hands-on technical support. That doesn't exist with open-source products. If you run into a conflict, you'll be stuck trying to sort it out on your own.

Bottom Line

If you're highly technical and capable of using online resources to troubleshoot and configure your own software, then VirtualBox could work for you. On the other hand, if you need a fully-packaged solution with good support, VirtualBox might be too tricky.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.28
  • GUI: mouse events did not reach host windows behind the transparent VM window
  • Audio: fixed accidental crashes when using the AC'97 sound emulation
  • Audio: fixed crash when default input or output devices have changed
  • Audio: fixed recording when using the ALSA backend
  • Audio: fixed handle leak when using the OSS backend
  • E1000: fixed a crash related to VLAN traffic over internal network
  • NAT: apply --natbindip1 to TCP connections
  • OVF: when importing an appliance with XHCI controller, don't add an OHCI controller.
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed a GUI crash if Spotlight is used from file dialogs
  • Linux hosts: fixed creating fixed sized VDI images
  • Linux hosts / guests: fixes for Linux 4.4 of openSUSE Leap 42.3
  • Bridged networking: align outgoing packet at word boundary, preventing Windows host crash in MsLbfoProvider.
  • Linux Additions: kernel drm driver support for custom EL7 Linux 3.10 kernel
  • Solaris Additions: hide an informational message on the bootup console
General
Publisher Oracle
Publisher web site http://www.oracle.com
Release Date September 15, 2017
Date Added September 15, 2017
Version 5.1.28
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 118.19MB
File Name VirtualBox-5.1.28-117968-Win.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 319,723
Downloads Last Week 581
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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