VirtualBox 1.4 released, upgrade now

VirtualBox 1.4 released, download last version from here

For windows host click here

This new version brings hundreds of improvements, more than any update since the first official release in January 2007. Among the new features are full support for 64-bit Linux hosts, RDP session shadowing, clipboard synchronization and easier Linux host interface networking. In the storage department, VirtualBox now supports VMware disk images (VMDK) natively and can give virtual machines access to physical disks and partitions ("raw disk support"). The graphical user interface has received more polish and has now been translated into 12 languages (German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Chinese). Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) and Xandros Desktop 4.1 are now officially supported; support for FreeBSD and OpenBSD guests has been improved.

As with its predecessors, VirtualBox 1.4.0 is available both as Open Source under the GPL as well as under a commercial license which, in most cases, allows you to use the product free of charge.

For user with 1.3.8 version, quick way to upgrade is by uninstalling 1.3.8 and reinstall 1.4, no reboot needed. (Forum)

I will try FreeBSD 6.2 and Solaris 10 in this release

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Install Dynamips using dynagen in Windows XP

For end user like me, dynamips isn’t easy to install. I remember first time install of Redhat 5.0 make my HD crash and die with honor 🙂

Dynagen provide click next and next method, easy to follow and make installation step is not more nightmare. To install dynamips using dynagen require three things :

  1. Winpcap 4.0, click here to download
  2. Latest dynagen, click here to download
  3. Windows XP SP2

After download those files, I can start installation :

I. Winpcap install

Double click installer

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Step by step installing VirtualBox in Windows XP

vbox.pngVirtualBox is another virtualization products for i386 family, from official site :

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Macintosh hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

If you get confuse what VirtualBox do, then you can think vmware or virtualpc, this software working like vmware and virtualpc. Hardware requirement for VirtualBox, you need :

  • Reasonably powerful x86 hardware. Any recent Intel or AMD processor should do.
  • Memory. Depending on what guest operating systems you want to run, you will need at least 512 MB of RAM (but probably more, and the more the better). Basically, you will need whatever your host operating system needs to run comfortably, plus the amount that the guest operating system needs. So, if you want to run Windows XP on Windows XP, you probably won’t enjoy the experience much with less than 1 GB of RAM. If you want to try out Windows Vista in a guest, it will refuse to install if it is given less than 512 MB RAM, so you’ll need that for the guest alone, plus the memory your operating system normally needs.
  • Hard disk space. While VirtualBox itself is very lean (a typical installation will only need about 30 MB of hard disk space), the virtual machines will require fairly huge files on disk to represent their own hard disk storage. So, to install Windows XP, for example, you will need a file that will easily grow to several GB in size.
  • A supported host operating system. Presently, we support 32-bit Windows (primarily XP) and many Linux distributions. Support for Mac OS X and 64-bit operating systems is currently in the works.
  • A supported guest operating system. Besides the user manual (see below), up-to-date information is available at “Status: Guest OSes“.

Today, I’ll show how to install VirtualBox in my Windows XP

1. Download latest release from VirtualBox site, put in any location followed by double click to start installation process.

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