Oracle has released a new version of its famous software to virtualize machines from other operating systems within a host system. Is about Virtualbox 6.0.6 and is now available from Your Website for all supported systems. At the time of writing these lines, Ubuntu users and other Linux systems can download their installation package from the same website, which makes the process easier because we only have to open it with our preferred package installer.
It is a minor update whose most outstanding novelty is the support for Linux Kernel 5.0.x and 5.1. It is worth remembering that Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo will be officially launched tomorrow and all its official flavors, operating systems that will arrive with Linux Kernel 5.0.x. This launch occurs one day before, so we can create Ubuntu 19.04 virtual machines with all the guarantees from the moment it is launched.
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Virtualbox 6.0.6 is coming soon to APT repositories
But you know what happens: the launch is official, but has not reached the default repositories of no distribution. To be able to use the APT version, which I recommend, you will still have to wait several days. There is no (or I have not seen) Snap or Flatpak version, so the only options available are the APT and download the installation package from its official website as mentioned above.
Other new features included in this version
- The April 2016 Oracle Critical Update patches have been included.
- This release improves nested virtualization on AMD CPUs.
- Add support for QCOW2 version 3.
- Improves IDE PCI emulation.
- Improves VMSVGA simulation and 3D support.
- Fixes problems with the VboxSVGA and WDDM drivers.
- Improves the loading of saved states for LsiLogic devices.
- User interface improvements that fix several user-reported issues when copying folders or other content and deleting screenshots.
- Performance and reliability have been improved in the shared folders feature on Linux.
- Support for Linux Kernel 4.4.169 LTS has also been improved.
- Improved Linux host drivers on Secure Boot systems.
- Other graphics and storage improvements.
- Compilation correction for LibreSSL library.
It is recommended to upgrade to Virtualbox 6.0.6 for all users who are using this famous Oracle software. If you are not experiencing critical bugs, I would recommend waiting for the update in the APT repositories. What will you do?