Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.2.0

Nouvelle version majeure pour le virtualisateur de système d'exploitation d'Oracle. En effet, Virtualbox 4.2.0 introduit de nouvelles fonctions parfois intéressantes pour certains type d'utilisateurs comme le support de Windows 8 (notamment les drivers de la carte graphique virtuelle), la possibilité de grouper certaines machine virtuelle et modifier celles-ci pendant leur fonctionnement sans compter la possibilité de démarrer une machine virtuelle dès le lancement du système d'exploitation hôte (Linux, OS X et Solaris uniquement).

Naturellement, avec ces nouvelles fonctions, une liste de correction plutôt longue est de la partie... la voici :

VirtualBox 4.2.0 (released 2012-09-13)

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • 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

In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • Mac OS X hosts: sign application and installer to avoid warnings on Mountain Lion
  • VMM: fixed a potential host crash triggered by shutting down a VM when another VM was running (only affected 32-bit hosts and 64-bit OS X hosts, 4.1 regression, bug #9897)
  • VMM: fixed a potential host crash under a high guest memory pressure (seen with Windows 8 guests)
  • VMM: improved VM context switch performance for Intel CPUs using nested paging
  • VMM: added support for FlushByASID features of AMD CPUs (Bulldozer and newer)
  • VMM: fixed unreal mode handling on older CPUs with VT-x (gPXE, Solaris 7/8/9; bug #9941)
  • VMM: fixed MP tables fixes for I/O APIC interrupt routing relevant for ancient SMP guests (e.g. old OS/2 releases)
  • VMM: support recent VIA CPUs (bug #10005)
  • VMM: fixed handling of task gates if VT-x/AMD-V is disabled
  • VMM: page fusion fixes
  • GUI: network operations manager
  • GUI: allow taking screenshots of the current VM window content (bug #5561)
  • GUI: allow automatically sorting of the VM list
  • GUI: allow starting of headless VMs from the GUI
  • GUI: allow reset, shutdown and power off from the Manager window
  • GUI: allow to globally limit the maximum screen resolution for guests
  • GUI: show the full medium part on hovering the list of recently used ISO images
  • GUI: do not create additional folders when a new machine has a separator character in its name (bug #6541)
  • GUI: don't crash on terminate if the settings dialog is still open (bug #9973)
  • GUI: consider scaled DPI values when display fonts on Windows hosts (bug #9864)
  • GUI: if a bridged network interface cannot be found, don't refuse to start the VM but allow the user to change the setting immediately (bug )
  • Snapshots: fixed a crash when restoring an old snapshot when powering off a VM (bugs #9364, #9604, #10491)
  • Clipboard: disable the clipboard by default for new VMs (see the manual for more information). It can be enabled at any time using the VM menu.
  • Settings: sanitize the name of VM folders and settings file (bug #10549)
  • Settings: allow to store the iSCSI initiator secret encrypted
  • NAT: improvements for the built-in TFTP server (bugs #7385, #10286)
  • NAT: fixed memory leak when disabling the NAT engine (bug #10801)
  • E1000: 802.1q VLAN support (bug #10429)
  • Storage: implemented burning of audio CDs in passthrough mode
  • Storage: fixed audio CD passthrough for certain media players
  • Storage: implemented support for discarding unused image blocks through TRIM for SATA and IDE and UNMAP for SCSI when using VDI images
  • Storage: added support for QED images
  • Storage: added support for QCOW (full support for v1 and readonly support for v2 images)
  • Storage: added readonly support for VHDX images
  • USB: don't crash if a USB device is plugged or unplugged when saving or loading the VM state (SMP guests only)
  • Solaris additions: added support for X.org Server 1.11 and 1.12
  • Solaris additions: switched to using an in-kernel mouse driver
  • Windows hosts: no need to recreate host-only adapters after a VirtualBox update
  • Windows hosts: updated toolchain; make the source code compatible to VC 2010 and enable some security-related compiler options
  • Windows Additions: fixed memory leak in VBoxTray (bug #10808)

:dl: Télécharger Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.2.0 (Ou ici si la page officielle n'est pas encore mise à jour...)

Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.1.0

On aura finalement pas eu à attendre longtemps avant qu'une nouvelle version majeure de Virtualbox arrive, car à peine 3 jours après la 4.0.12, Oracle publie Virtualbox 4.1.0 avec des nouveautés bien sympathique comme :

  • La possibilité de cloner ses disques virtuels (avec un nouvel assistant)
  • Un autre nouvel assistant bien plus évolué pour créer ses disques
  • La possibilité de retirer un disque virtuel SATA à chaud (expérimental)
  • La limite de mémoire élevée jusqu'à 1To pour les machines hôtes 64 bits
  • La possibilité d'activer Aero et Direct3D dans les machines virtuelles ayant Windows Vista ou supérieur grâce à un pilote WDDM expérimental
  • La correction d'un crash sur les plateformes hôtes Linux ayant un kernel antérieur au 2.6.29
Ce n'est pas tout, la version 4.1.0 contient bien d'autres corrections, voici la liste :

VirtualBox 4.1.0 (released 2011-07-19)

This version is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Support for cloning of VMs (bug #5853, see the manual for more information): full clones can be created through the GUI and VBoxManage, linked clones only through VBoxManage
  • GUI: enhanced wizard for creating new virtual disks
  • GUI: new wizard for copying virtual disks
  • GUI: keep the aspect ratio in scale mode (Windows and OSX hosts only; bug #7822)
  • VMM: raised the memory limit for 64-bit hosts to 1TB
  • Experimental support for PCI passthrough for Linux hosts, see the manual for more information
  • Windows guests: Experimental WDDM graphics driver, supporting Windows Aero (bug #4607) and providing Direct3D support using a cleaner approach (no need to install the guest drivers in Safe Mode anymore)
  • Guest Additions: status of modules and features can now be queried separately by the frontends
  • Networking: new network attachment mode "Generic Driver", which offers an open plugin architecture for arbitrary and separately distributable virtual network implementations
  • Host-only Networking: fixed host crash in kernels prior to 2.6.29
  • New Networking Mode UDP Tunnel: allows to interconnect VMs running on different hosts easily and transparently, see the manual for more information
  • Experimental support for SATA hard disk hotplugging available with VBoxManage
  • Solaris hosts: New Crossbow based bridged networking driver for Solaris 11 build 159 and above

In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:

  • VMM: more SMP timer fixes
  • VMM: fixed sporadic recompiler crashes with SMP guests
  • VMM: many small fixes
  • GUI: when reverting to a snapshot, ask for taking a snapshot of the current state
  • GUI: added a View menu
  • GUI: added a setting for the promiscuous mode policy for internal networks, bridged networks and host-only networks
  • GUI: added slider for setting the CPU execution cap allowing to limit the amount of CPU time spent for the execution of the guest, see the manual for more information.
  • GUI: the VM description is editable during the runtime of a VM (bug #1551)
  • GUI: added proxy settings (bug #2870)
  • GUI: made the number of SATA ports configurable
  • GUI: decrease time before showing the VM configuration dialog
  • VBoxManage: more convenient configuration of storage controller attachments by automatically determining the port or device parameter when a storage controller has only one port or device per port
  • VBoxManage: changed syntax of the guestcontrol command group, fixed various bugs, removed obsolete options
  • VBoxBalloonCtrl: new service for automatic dynamic adjustment of the balloon size for running VMs
  • Settings: machine names and snapshot names are not allowed to be a valid UUID
  • Settings: provide better diagnostics if a single medium is used twice in a VM configuration
  • Settings: provide better diagnostics for errors in medium create/merge/clone operations, and fix memory leaks in error cases
  • Storage: ATA/SATA drives can be marked as non-rotational, i.e. the guest OS will detect them as a SSD if supported, which can improve performance
  • Storage: virtual CD/DVD images will be detached if the guest ejects the medium, unless the drive is marked to handle ejects only on a temporary basis
  • Storage: the medium UUID can be changed again when attaching a medium for the first time, which allows using images which are exact duplicates including the UUID
  • Storage: fixed possible data corruption under certain circumstances with VHD and Parallels images (bug #9150)
  • Storage: fixed unnecessary expansion when cloning differential images in VDI format
  • Storage: fixed detection code to handle empty files for VDI and VMDK format
  • Storage: fixed access to CD/DVD images beyond 4GB when using the SATA controller (bug #8592)
  • Floppy: several bugs have been fixed
  • Floppy: make it possible to unmount a host floppy disk (bug #6651)
  • BIOS: disk-related structures are now checksummed correctly (bug #8739)
  • USB: many fixes for the Windows USB host driver
  • NAT: reduced memory footprint
  • Networking: fixed the problem with segmentation offloading when several VMs are transmitting in parallel
  • Networking: workaround for a bug in wireshark when operating directly on a capture file created by VirtualBox
  • Serial: announce the serial devices in the ACPI tables to make Windows guests find the virtual hardware (bug #7411)
  • VRDP: support for TLS connections (see the manual for more information)
  • VRDP: support for multimonitor client configurations with MS RDP clients
  • VRDP: fixed a rare screen corruption
  • 3D support: fixed GL_VERSION string for different locales (bug #8916)
  • Webservice: fixed timeout handling with HTTP 1.1 keepalive, and be more robust when connections fail
  • VBoxSVC: fixed regression when several clients trigger autostart simultaneously
  • Main: fixed incorrect handling of the medium location for media which are not file based (e.g. iSCSI), which resulted in confusing location values in many places
  • JAX-WS client bindings: fixed resource leak
  • Sources: fixed USB 2.0 support using extension packs for non-official builds
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed non-VT-x mode on Lion hosts
  • Windows hosts: fixed copy'n'paste in the GUI and for the VM window (bug #4491)
  • Windows hosts (64-bit only): enabled removing of all mediums when removing a VM
  • Windows hosts (64-bit only): enabled live snapshot deletion
  • Windows hosts: use native controls in the installer (bug #5520)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed preemption issue with Solaris 11 hosts (builds 166 and above)
  • Solaris hosts: better control of USB device access on Solaris 11 hosts
  • Guest Additions: improved driver installation on Windows guests
  • Guest Additions: fixed high CPU usage while executing guest programs from the host
  • Solaris Additions: fixed automounting of shared folders (bug #8014)

:dl: Télécharger Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.1.0 pour tous systèmes

Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.0.12

Nouvelle version de maintenance pour le virtualiseur de système d'exploitation d'Oracle. En effet, en attendant la version 4.1, la version actuelle se dote de quelques corrections principalement pour être prête à être exécutée sous MacOS X Lion (10.7).

Il y a quand même quelques corrections pour les autres systèmes...

Changelog :

VirtualBox 4.0.12 (released 2011-07-15)

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

  • Mac OS X hosts: Lion fixes
  • Solaris hosts: fixed preemption issue with Solaris 11 hosts (builds 166 and above)
  • VBoxManage: more convenient configuration of storage controller attachments by automatically determining the port or device parameter when a storage controller has only one port or device per port (bug #9188 )
  • Storage: fixed possible data corruption under certain circumstances whith VHD and Parallels images (bug #9150 )
  • Storage: fixed access to CD/DVD images beyond 4GB when using the SATA controller (bug #8592 )
  • Floppy: make it possible to unmount a host floppy disk (bug #6651)
  • Networking: fixed the problem with segmentation offloading when several VMs were transmitting at once
  • 3D support: fixed GL_VERSION string for different locales (bug #8916 )
  • Sources: fixed USB 2.0 support using extension packs for non-official builds
  • Solaris Additions: fixed automounting of shared folders (bug #8014 )

:dl: Télécharger Oracle VM Virtualbox 4.0.12 pour tous systèmes

OpenOffice 3.3 passe en RC1, et LibreOffice ?

Si il y avait un rapprochement assez lointain que l'on pourrait faire entre ces deux logiciels, ce serait avec les deux élections de Miss France. En effet, OpenOffice est à Endemol ce que LibreOffice serait à Fontenay (super la comparaison vous allez me dire) car l'un est toujours plus en avance que l'autre.

C'est ainsi qu'OpenOffice (la version maintenue par Oracle) vient de passer en version 3.3 RC1 passant devant le statut de Bêta 2 de l'actuelle LibreOffice 3.3. Quelles différences ? l'un a moins de bugs que l'autre, sinon le reste est identique... à part les codes stylistiques des logiciels.

:site: Lire le changelog d'OpenOffice 3.3 RC1

Seule chose que l'on pourrait féliciter, c'est la disponibilité de toutes les langues en même temps que la version anglaise, alors qu'auparavant il fallait attendre 1 à 2 semaines.

:dl: OpenOffice 3.3 RC1 Français pour Windows : Sans Java inclus, Avec Java inclus
:dl: OpenOffice 3.3 RC1 Français pour MacOS X : Télécharger
:dl: OpenOffice 3.3 RC1 Français pour Linux : DEB 32bits, DEB 64bits, RPM 32bits, RPM 64bits
:dl: OpenOffice 3.3 RC1 Français pour Solaris : x86, Sparc

:dl: Télécharger OpenOffice 3.3 RC1 dans d'autres langues

Et LibreOffice ?

L'offre logicielle de LibreOffice est beaucoup plus restreinte car seule la version Windows est disponible en version internationale, les autres systèmes d'exploitation se contenteront de la langue de Shakespeare.

:dl: Télécharger LibreOffice 3.3 Bêta 2 pour tous systèmes d'exploitation

OpenSolaris est mort, vive OpenSolaris

Il fallait s'en douter, depuis que Oracle avait repris en main les affaires de Sun Microsystems pas mal de choses ont changés, à commencer par la mentalité vers la communauté OpenSource. Ainsi, Oracle avait jusqu'au 16 Août pour se manifester et trouver un agent de liaison avec la communauté du libre... la chose ne se faisant pas, cela a signé la mort de l'OGB (OpenSolaris Governing Board) et de sa distribution fétiche.

Cependant, Oracle se montre encore plus provocateur en faisant circuler un mail au sein de ses employés indiquant que toute nouveauté sera d'abord implentée dans Solaris puis envoyée à la communauté OpenSource. Naturellement, pour en rajouter une couche, Oracle précise qu'une version Express de Solaris sera disponible gratuitement mais sous licence propriétaire... de quoi faire rager encore plus les fidèles de la version libre de la distribution.

Maintenant, la communauté du libre va pouvoir se pencher un peu plus sérieusement à la création un fork (Illumos)de la version actuelle d'OpenSolaris.

La suite au prochain épisode...

Sortie de OpenOffice 3.3.0 Bêta 1

Le développement de la suite bureautique gratuite et concurrente à Microsoft Office continue son bonhomme de chemin avec la parution de la 1ère bêta de la version 3.3.0.

En ce qui concerne les nouveautés incluses dans cette version, on pourra remarquer des changements de confort. Ainsi, OpenOffice Calc peut contenir jusqu'à 1 048 576 lignes au lieu des 65 536 habituelles (pour comparaison Excel 2007 et 2010 32 bits gère le même nombre de lignes tandis que la version 64 bits d'Excel en gère plus de 100 millions !)

On pourra également compter que d'ici la sortie de la version finale d'OpenOffice 3.3.0, le gestionnaire des extensions sera profondément changé afin de devenir un peu plus "user-friendly".

Coté interface, ceux qui attendaient un petit changement afin de rajeunir l'aspect "Office 97" du logiciel seront très déçus... rien n'a bougé.

:dl: Télécharger OpenOffice 3.3.0 Bêta 1 (Anglais) : Windows - MacOS X - Linux 32bits DEB*, RPM** - Linux 64bits DEB*, RPM** - Solaris 32bitsSolaris Sparc

:dl: Télécharger le pack de langue Français pour OpenOffice 3.3.0 Bêta 1 : Windows - MacOS X - Linux 32bits DEB*, RPM** - Linux 64bits DEB*, RPM** - Solaris 32 bitsSolaris Sparc

* : Packages DEB, compatible avec les distributions basée sur Debian (Ubuntu et Linux Mint inclus) .

** : Packages RPM, compatible avec les autres distributions (Mandriva, Fedora, OpenSuSE inclus) .