Linux News Today: Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.22 Officially Released with Support for Linux Kernel 4.7

Oracle has announced the release and general availability of VirtualBox 5.0.22, a new maintenance update to his open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

VirtualBox 5.0.22 is now the latest and most advanced version anyone should update to and use. It brings several exciting new features, among which we can mention support for the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel in Linux Additions and Linux hosts, as well as support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 operating system.

In fact, there are a bunch of enhancements for Linux Additions implemented in VirtualBox 5.0.22, such as better compatibility with certain 32-bit guests, a patch for an X.Org crash that occurred after a hard guest reset, improved compatibility between older X.Org releases and kernels from the Linux 3.11 series.

There are, of course, various other bugfixes as well. Furthermore, VirtualBox 5.0.22 introduces support for the X.Org Server 1.18 display server to Solaris Additions, better support for several Intel Atom machines, and a new I/O-APIC implementation that promises to improve the overall performance of the software.

Potential Linux guest panic fixed on AMD systems

Continuing, it looks like VirtualBox 5.0.22 also fixes an issue reported by Linux users as a potential panic on AMD systems, adds a Windows hardening fix and addresses a performance regression with SMP guests on Windows hosts, and introduces several small enhancements to the GUI and other core components, including ACPI, NAT, and OVF.

Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.22 is now available for download for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Below, you can find the full changelog in case you’re curious to know what exactly has been changed in this maintenance release. Please update you VirtualBox installation as soon as possible.

Via Softpedia

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