Oracle’s cross-platform virtualization software VirtualBox has hit release 5 with enhanced security and usability features.
Designed to run on standard x86 desktop and laptop computers, VirtualBox lets developers and other users run multiple operating systems in secure containers without the overhead of using a full server environment.
For instance, if you have VirtualBox on a Windows 7 laptop then you can install Fedora or any other supported guest OS in a secure container.
Enhancements in Virtualbox 5.0
* Disk Image Encryption – Data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images during runtime using AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK). This feature enables data to remain secure and encrypted at all times, whether the virtual machine is sitting unused on a developer’s machine or server, or actively in use.
* Bi-Directional Drag and Drop Support for Windows – On all host platforms, Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests now support “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest. An extremely handy feature, the drag and drop feature allows copying or opening of files and directories between the host and the guest.
* Support for USB 3.0 Devices – Guest operating systems can now directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest OS can be configured to support USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
* Improved CPU Utilization: Performance boost is obtained by exposing a broader set of CPU instructions to the guest OS, enabling applications to make use of latest hardware instruction sets.
* Paravirtualization Support for Windows and Linux Guests – Improves guest OS performance by leveraging built-in virtualization support on operating systems like Oracle Linux 7 and Windows 7.
* GUI improvements – Allow hotplugging support for SATA disks, direct access to storage media in the virtual machine selector and VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration).
* New Guest OS – Support for additional guest OS such as Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2 and new Linux platforms like Fedora 22.