On October 20, Oracle announced the immediate availability for download of the eighth maintenance release of their open-source and cross-platform VirtualBox virtualization software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows operating systems.
According to the release notes, attached below for reference, Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.8 is mostly a bugfix release that patches no less than ten issues reported by users since the previous maintenance version of the software, VirtualBox 5.0.6. There are fixes for all supported platforms.
Among the changes, we can mention a patch for a regression in VirtualBox API’s VBoxManage setproperty defaultfrontend, better support for serial ports in the ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) tables by providing the correct IRQ number, and improved conversion support to RAW images.
For Linux users, VirtualBox 5.0.8 fixes several issues with the recently introduced systemd implementation for both .rpm and .deb packages, brings a fix for an issue with the VirtualBox service on Debian GNU/Linux operating systems, also related to systemd, and also comes with support for making host-only interfaces report operstate UP for attached virtual machines.
Windows and Mac OS X changes
For Mac OS X users, VirtualBox 5.0.8 restores the green zoom button for virtual machine windows, which apparently was hidden in VirtualBox 5.0.6 because of various full-screen issues that have been repaired. The zoom button will now work according to Apple’s HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) for both OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10 Yosemite systems.
Additionally, the traffic accounting and bpf capture have been fixed on Mac OS X platforms for host-only and bridged network interfaces. Lastly, VirtualBox 5.0.8 fixes a 3D rendering issues for HiDPI displays on Windows guests and improved 3D acceleration for Intel video cards on Windows hosts. Download VirtualBox 5.0.8 for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems right now from Softpedia.