[EN] VirtualBox 4.3.8 released

As always – two-three weeks after release date – I’m ready for installing new version of my favourite virtualizator – VirtualBox (from many months by Oracle). Official release date is 25th Feb, now on 15th March I can meet this version. Many of bugs has been fixed by developers team, and here is the change log (base on original from web site) – most important changes for my are in pink:

  • VMM: more work on improving the emulation of certain MSR registers (e.g. bugs #12224, #12544)
  • VMM: fixed a VERR_INVALID_RPL Guru Meditation when booting certain guests (bug #11350)
  • VMM: experimental support for SSE 4.1 / SSE 4.2 passthrough, see the manual for more information how to enable it (bug #8651)
  • VMM: fix for recent Linux kernels with software virtualization
  • GUI: experimental HID LEDs synchronization for Windows hosts, see the manual for more information
  • GUI: warn the user if the Oracle Extension Pack is not installed and the user tries to activate the remote display feature (bug #9104)
  • GUI: make sure that a minimized guest (using mini toolbar in fullscreen/seamless mode) keeps the minimized state (bug #12199)
  • GUI: popup banner’s "do not show this message again" check-box replaced with corresponding button
  • GUI: network adapter cables can now be connected/disconnected directly through the running virtual machine Devices / Network menu a Network status-bar indicator
  • GUI: the new VM wizard now proposes 64-bit guests on 64-bit hosts by default; better distinction between 32-bit OS types 64-bit OS types (bug #12533)
  • GUI: better error message if appliance import fails (bug #12657)
  • GUI: allow to set host-combination to ‘None’ using the Global settings / Input page (bug #12730)
  • GUI: don’t switch the guest to a black screen during online snapshot merge (4.3 regression)
  • VBoxManage: when exporting an appliance, support the suppression of MAC addresses, which means they will be always recreated on import, avoiding duplicate MAC addresses for VMs which are imported several times
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during suspend under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a VM hang during online snapshot merge under certain circumstances
  • AHCI: fixed a bug which resulted in Windows XP guest hangs if a SATA CDROM is attached (bug #12417)
  • AHCI: fixed a Guru Meditation under certain conditions
  • AHCI: ejecting a CD/DVD medium failed under certain conditions
  • AHCI: disk hotplugging fixes
  • NAT: transparent handling of host sleep/resume and network configuration changes if the dnsproxy is enabled or if the hostresolver is used (bug #12441)
  • NAT: fixed crash and misbehaviour under some circumstances with ICMP packets having TTL=1
  • NAT Network: fixed IPv6 reassembly
  • NAT Network: ping proxy implemented
  • OVF: fixed reading of the OVF 0.9 section element (4.3 regression; bug #12345)
  • OVF: several fixes
  • 3D support: several fixes, multiscreen fixes (e.g. bug #9124)
  • 3D support: include 3D content in captured videos (bug #12666)
  • 3D support: include 3D content in captured screenshot (bug #11758)
  • VGA: proper handling of legacy graphics modes if the Guest Additions are active (bug #6649)
  • USB: fixed crash during isochronous transfer under rare circumstances
  • BIOS: better disk geometry handling of SCSI drives
  • API: fix crashes in Java API clients using the XPCOM binding, happened with output parameters only (bug #11232)
  • VBoxSVC: documented the handling of host power management events (see the manual for more information) and added an extradata item for configuring the handling of the battery-low event (bug#9925)
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a bug which could trigger a crash if a VM snapshot was restored the second time and the VM has associated bandwidth groups (bug #12569)
  • VBoxSVC: properly detect ifconfig if located in /bin (bug #12713)
  • Shared Folders: fixed a failure to restore transient shared folders when starting a VM from a saved state (bug #12578)
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed issue when the application icon was frozen in the dock if the bridging interface was not connected to a network (bug #12241)
  • Linux hosts: also consider the physical package ID when determining the number of physical CPU cores
  • Linux hosts / guests: don’t warn in kernel log if memory allocation fails (bug #11171)
  • Solaris hosts: fixed the autostart SMF script (bug #11720)
  • Windows hosts: fixes for non-ANSI code page user names and similar environment contents (bug #12596)
  • Windows hosts / guests: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables (relevant for Guest Control)
  • Windows Additions: fixed handle leaks in VBoxTray (bug #12563)
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash while detecting active guest users
  • Windows Additions: fixed restoring backed up D3D files on XPDM -> WDDM upgrade
  • Guest Control: fixed setting and using a guest user’s process environment variables
  • Linux Additions: support Enterprise Linux 6.5 kernels (bug #12505)
  • Linux Additions: fixed CPU hot-remove on newer Linux kernels
  • Linux / Solaris Additions: don’t automount a shared folder which is already mounted
  • X11 Additions: support X.Org Server 1.15 (bug #12623)

It’s definitely more than in last version (post about it are here). Please remember to download and install full setup – in phase one: Virtual Box (for host) and in phase two: Extension Pack (for host/guests). Extention Pack support e.g USB 2.0 Host Controller, Host Webcam, VirtualBox RDP, PXE ROM with E1000. And here are the links:

[EN] Neverending free-ebook-story (part3)

Another post in my irregular series. I got an invitation from apress (that’s the true vaule for getting some more mails than normal into mailbox) for more books from published in project ApressOpen. In this project You cand download for free many books, more, and more each months. My first contact with this idea happened in January (link). Now I got more books, all are free, all are ditital, all are multi-devices edition. Here is the list:

Office 365: Migrating and Managing Your Business in the Cloud
Matt Katzer , Don Crawford
Written for the IT professional and business owner, this book provides the business and technical insight necessary to migrate your business to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365.  It’s a practical look at cloud migration and the use of different technologies to support that migration.  Numerous examples of cloud migration are included.

Sensor Technologies Healthcare, Wellness & Environmental Apps
Michael J. McGrath
Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications explores the key aspects of sensor technologies, covering wired, wireless, and discrete sensors for the specific application domains of healthcare, wellness, and environmental sensing.  It discusses the social, regulatory, and design considerations specific to these domains.

Rethinking the Internet of Things. A Scalable Approach to Connecting Everything
Francis daCosta
In the coming decade, billions of simple devices must be connected to the emerging Internet of Things. Today’s networking protocols are too expensive and inefficient for this task. This book describes a simpler and scalable architecture that will be used to create “big data” from billions of “small data” points in the Internet of Things.

The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto. Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value
Michelle Finneran Dennedy , Jonathan Fox , Thomas Finneran
The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value is the first book of its kind, detailing industry-proven solutions that go beyond mere theory on how to build privacy into products, processes, applications, and systems.  The book offers lucid perspectives on the challenges and opportunities raised with the emerging “personal” information economy and how organizations can rise up to meet the organizational, asset management-related and innovation-related challenges ahead. Foreword by Dr. Eric Bonabeau, PhD, Chairman, Icosystem, Inc. & Dean of Computational Sciences, Minerva Schools at KGI.

Android on x86. An Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture
Iggy Krajci , Darren Cummings
This book is a one-stop reference guide to mindful programming and the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from x86 architectures. Android on x86: An Introduction to Optimizing for Intel® Architecture compiles the best practices and procedures associated with application development for devices using Intel’s popular line of microprocessors.

Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development . A Cascades-Driven Approach
Anwar Ludin
Learn how to leverage the BlackBerry 10 Cascades framework to create rich native applications. Learn BlackBerry 10 Apps Development gives you a solid foundation for creating BlackBerry 10 apps efficiently. Along the way, you will learn how to use QML and JavaScript for designing your app’s UI, and C++/Qt for the application logic.

Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Security. A Solutions View
Raghuram Yeluri , Enrique Castro-Leon
This book provides a comprehensive look at the various facets of cloud security – infrastructure, network, services, Compliance and users.  It will provide real world case studies to articulate the real and perceived risks and challenges in deploying and managing services in a cloud infrastructure from a security perspective.

[PL] 39 Spotkanie PLSSUG WRO – slow kilka

Kontunuując zapowiedziany powrót do tradycji, choć tym razem z wielkim opóźnieniem krótki opis ostatniego spotkania wrocławskiego oddziału Polskiej Grupy Użytkowników SQL Server (PLSSUG) {strona grupy}. Na spotkanie przyszło niezbyt wiele osób, ale to po pierwsze, ze względu na późną informacją, a po drugie na pewno większośc smazyła faworki i pączki na czwartek. W każdym razie przy udziale kilku osób udało nam się porozmawiać o:

  1. Tym co w PLSSUGu się dzieje, o SQLDay 2014 oraz o innych wydarzeniach. Dość krótko, bo część informacji się powtarzała, ale dobrych informacji nigdy za dużo. Tematem przewodnim był nieustający konkurs, w którym można wygrać wejściówki na konferencję – jeżeli spełni się kilka podstawowych wymagań…
  2. Potem była już tylko jedna sesja, długa i podzielona na dwie części, poprzeplatana dyskusją, komentarzami i uwagami. A wszystko ukierunkowane na wysoką dostępność SQL Server – w kontekście administratora, biznesu, przy udziale SQL oraz wzorów matematycznych. Wnioski z niej były zaskakujące (fe, Database Mirroring jest ble).

W przerwie kawa, mini pączki oraz dyskusje o szkoleniach.

Następne spotkania zgodnie z rozpiską kalendarza na EventBrite:

  • 43 Spotkanie PLSSUG we Wrocławiu | Jun 11, 2014
  • 42 Spotkanie PLSSUG we Wrocławiu | May 21, 2014
  • 41 Spotkanie PLSSUG we Wrocławiu | Apr 23, 2014
  • 40 Spotkanie PLSSUG we Wrocławiu | Mar 19, 2014   

Logistyka i zapisy tutaj: http://bit.ly/1i67n4U 

Zapraszam na kolejne spotkania!