VirtualBox 4.1.8 released and debian 6 installation instructions included

Oracle VM VirtualBox, formerly Sun xVM VirtualBox and innotek VirtualBox, is a family of x86 virtualization products for enterprise and home use.VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

What is new in virtualbox 4.1.8

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

VMM: fixed VERR_MAP_FAILED during savestate under certain circumstances (bug #7929)
GUI: stop updating the VM status icons when the VM is paused (bug #8368)
VBoxManage: fixed wrong return code after startvm (bug #9642)
BIOS: fixed hang at launch of DOS applications generated by Clipper 5.3 (note that hardware virtualization may be required)
USB: fixed OS/2 boot hang when using recent USB drivers
NAT: increase maximum number of parallel connections making connections with port forwarding more robust (#8471)
Metrics: fixed potential problem with invalid access in guest metrics collection upon VM destruction
Main: don’t crash if a medium is ejected twice (bug #9922)
VBoxSVC: fixed crash under rare circumstances (e.g. client crash)
VRDP: fixed screen freeze (bug #9620)
OVF/OVA: fixed broken disk images on import under rare circumstances
OVF/OVA: better error message when importing corrupted appliances
VMDK/VHD: fixed a possible corruption with host cache disabled when using snapshots under rare circumstances (bug #9749)
3D Support: Fixed fullscreen mode issues for ATI graphics (bug #9775), Windows Media Player rendering for XPDM-based Direct3D support (bug #8341). Multiple fixes to XPDM and WDDM – based 3D support for Windows Guests and for 3D support in general
Linux hosts: fixes for Fedoras Linux 2.6.41 (bug #9948)
Linux hosts/guests: fixes for Linux 3.2 (bug #9743)
Solaris Additions: various shared folder fixes (bugs #9856, #9862, #9917)
Windows Additions: various fixes for Direct3D support (un)installation, added detection of missing or wrong Direct3D system files

Install virtualbox 4.1.8 on debian 6

You need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line

deb squeeze contrib non-free

Save and exit the file

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

Update source list

apt-get update

Install virtualbox

apt-get install virtualbox-4.1

Note: Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:

apt-get install dkms

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