VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don't have to hack the source to write a new interface for VirtualBox.
Virtual machine descriptions in XML.
The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.
Guest Additions for Windows, Linux and Solaris.
VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows, Linux and Solaris virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window). There are also guest additions for OS/2 with somewhat reduced functionality.
Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as "shared folders", which can then be accessed from within virtual machines.
This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
- VMM: reset the TSC on VM reset to work around a Windows bug (bug #16643)
- Audio: fixed memory leak when enabled with VRDP connections (5.1.24 regression; bug #16928)
- Audio: fixed creation of too many sound sinks on Linux hosts when using the PulseAudio backend (bug #16938)
- Audio: implemented record gain registers for AC'97 emulation; those are needed for newer Ubuntu guests which rely on those when controlling gain and muting the recording (capturing) levels
- Storage: fixed hang when using the emulated NVMe controller with the SPDK (bug #16945)
- Mouse: double click was not working with a precision touchpad (bug #14632)
- Linux hosts: properly bring up host-only network interfaces with iproute (5.1.24 regression; bug #16911)
- Linux hosts: provide Python 3 libraries for deb/rpm packages
- Windows hosts: make it possible to use host-only networking without having bridged networking installed
- Windows guests: fixed automatic logons for Vista and newer Windows guests (5.1.24 regression; bug #16921)
Apps similar to VirtualBox 5
Software for developers and system administrators for software development, testing and deployment.
Run virtual machines created by VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server.
Create multiple virtual machines on any Intel-based Mac.