VirtualBox4.2 has been released! PPA

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VirtualBox4.2  is out,  according to the announcement, the release builds on previous versions by adding new features such as VM Groups which are designed to streamline management, improving network capabilities, and providing support for new host and guest operating system platforms like  Oracle Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion,” and Oracle Linux 6.3..

What`s new in VirtualBox4.2?

–  Improved Windows 8 support, in particular many 3D-related fixes
– GUI: VM groups (bug #288)
–  GUI: expert mode for wizards
–  GUI: allow to alter some settings during runtime
–  Support for up to 36 network cards, in combination with an ICH9 chipset configuration (bug #8805)
–  Resource control: added support for limiting network IO bandwidth; see the manual for more information (bug #3653)
–  Added possibility to start VMs during system boot on Linux, OS X and Solaris; see the manual for more information (bug #950)
–   Added experimental support for Drag’n’drop from the host to Linux guests. Support for more guests and for guest-to-host is planned. (bug #81)
–  Added support for parallel port passthrough on Windows hosts
–  Enhanced API for controlling the guest; please see the SDK reference and API documentation for more information

Installation for Ubuntu and other Linux distros

Remember that before to install the new release you will need to remove the old one.

Now to install in Ubuntu, open terminal and enter the following commands:

echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list
wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2

If you don`t want to install virtualbox from repository download the following .deb packages from this Link.

– For Other Linux distribution, download the packages from this Link.

For installation of extension pack, please check our previous post.

Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.2.0.vbox-extpack