Software Update: VirtualBox 3.0 Beta 2

Sun Microsystems is developing version 3.0 of VirtualBox and has released a second beta release. This program can be used to install another operating system in a virtual environment. VirtualBox is available for Windows 2000 and above, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris, and can handle a variety of guest operating systems.

The software is available in two versions. The full version has additional functionality, such as support for USB ports and the remote display protocol, but is only free for private use and evaluation purposes. This extra functionality is closed source and is therefore missing in the open source version. Major improvements in version 3.0 include support for up to 32 virtual CPUs, the ability to run DirectX 8 and 9 programs, and OpenGL 2.0 support has been added. Below are the changes made since the first beta:

Changes since Beta 1:

  • High CPU usage with certain idle Windows guests (eg XP SP2)
  • Performance improvements for SMP guests
  • Reset issues with SMP guests
  • Windows 7 x64 boot problems with SMP
  • Windows 7 shutdown hangs with SMP
  • Hanging VM when unmounting an ISO with SMP guests
  • Several OpenGL & Direct3D related fixes

Version number 3.0 beta 2
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 2000, Linux, Windows XP, macOS, Solaris, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Website Sun Microsystems
File sizes 32.00MB – 72.00MB
License type GPL