[EN] VirtualBox 4.3.16 released

After few months of break (holiday, break, computer change, migration whatever) I’m going back to my VirtualBox environment. Yesterday I went to VirtualBox Site to download actual software (version 4.3.16 release 96972). This version has been published in the name day of this month: 09/09.

Change log say many interesting things:

  • VMM: fixed restoring 32-bit FPU state on 64-bit capable VMs and restoring guest FPU in raw-mode VMs (bug #12646; 4.3 regression)
  • GUI: properly restore normal/scale mode guest-screen size after exiting full-screen/seamless mode
  • GUI: mini-toolbar should provoke less artifacts/conflicts with 3D guest rendering
  • GUI: Mac OS X: Native full-screen multi-screen transition was able to blackout host-screens for nearly minute
  • GUI: X11: Modern window managers should now use native full-screen multi-screen mapping API
  • GUI: added extradata item for configuring the mouse capture behavior, see the manual for more information (bug #3506)
  • Storage: fixed a VBoxSVC crash when querying an iSCSI target with authentication configured (4.3.14 regression)
  • Storage: fixed a rare data corruption during reads if another allocating write is running concurrently and accesses the same range
  • Storage: fixed a rare crash for certain VHD images from other products
  • Storage: fixed a rare release assertion when using the AHCI controller
  • Floppy: fixed read errors and guest memory corruption when running under control of QEMM
  • 3D: added experimental support for rendering on offline GPUs for Mac OS X host
  • 3D: fixed white window appearing on entering FullScreen mode on OSX host
  • 3D: fixed video recording support for 3D data regression (bug #13073)
  • 3D: fixes for MS Office 2013 support
  • 3D: several fixes
  • Bridged Networking: improved IPv6 support when bridging to a wireless interface
  • NAT: prevent internal DNS service from stuck in host-resolver mode when host was switched from one network to another one while host was sleeping (Mac OS X hosts)
  • NAT: preserve DF (if possible) and TOS when proxying outbound UDP datagrams (bugs #9440, #12309)
  • NAT: don’t let multicast datagrams out (bug #7338)
  • NAT: fixed handling of large incoming UDP datagrams on Windows hosts (bug #12136)
  • NAT: fixed handling of the RFC 1533 DHCP PAD option
  • NAT Network: fixed inbound half-close on Windows hosts
  • NAT Network: preserve IPv4 DF (if possible), TTL, TOS and IPv6 Hop Limit when proxying outbound UDP datagrams
  • VRDP: fixed a rare crash when using remote audio input
  • USB: fixed several regressions from 4.3.14 (bug #13320)
  • Audio: made the HDA sound emulation work with certain OSX guests (e.g. Mountain Lion)
  • Windows hosts: fixed startup problems on certain Windows hosts due to conflicts with anti-virus software (4.3.14 regression, bug #13187)
  • Windows hosts: fixed 4.3.14 regression whereby AltGr stopped working for some people (bug #13216)
  • X11 hosts: made the extra key on Brazilian Thinkpads work (bug #8745)
  • X11 hosts: fixed a problem of input focus cycles and immediately released key presses in full screen mode (bug #13238)
  • Linux hosts: fixed flooding the kernel log with USB related messages when passing through certain USB devices to a VM (bug #13085)
  • Linux guests: stop applications crashing when drm_wait_vblank is called (bug #13265)
  • Linux guests: fix a crash in gnome-session (bug #13335)
  • X11 guests: do not start VBoxClient over an SSH connection (bug #13107)
  • X11 guests: added support for X.Org Server 1.16 (bug #13207)
  • X11 guests: fixed a wrong parameter in the video driver which caused problems with full-screen X11 clients (bug #2748)
  • VirtualKD: introduced stub/loader device for speeding up Windows kernel debugging, details see http://virtualkd.sysprogs.org/

As I posted before – pink is the important colour.

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:

But this time I found something new for me. Four hot topic on home page:

Under first link you can download pre-built machines: Oracle WebCenter Portal VM / Oracle Data Integrator 12c VM / Oracle Big Data Lite VM / Service Delivery Platform VM / Database App Development VM / Enterprise Java Development VM / Oracle VM Manager & Server VMs / Oracle Linux 6 Admin VM / Solaris 11 Admin VM / Oracle Tuxedo Web Application Server Demo VM / Oracle Business Intelligence SampleApp / SOA & BPM Development VM / Enterprise PHP Development VM

ENJOY!

[EN] Unlimited Access for Apress Library!

Apress. I really like this book store. I have dozens of books in paper and digital form. And from time to time I’m buying something new. Few days ago Apress made something special. An Online Library with yearly-paid unlimited access. Almost one thoussand titles (this morning query result shows 952 titles) – really too much for me, and probably all for you – but many of titles are interesting. What special is in this offer? For 199 USD (even for Poland market is not very high amount) we get:

  • Unlimited access to Apress titles for a full year
  • Instant access to each new Apress publication
  • Compatibility on any device—desktop, laptop or mobile
  • Use of our new blazing fast exclusive-to-Apress reader
  • Unparalleled search function in a reader—look in a chapter, a book, your personal bookshelf, or even across the whole catalog and get instant, comprehensive results
  • Bookmark content for later reference
  • Adjust font sizes to suit your comfort
  • Add books to your exclusive Apress Access Bookshelf
  • Option to download any eBook for just $4.99, for a limited time

Many times we don’t need full book, even in digital form. And especially in digital form some me colleagues and myself we don’t read whole book. Many time we going just for interesting subject/chapter/part of book. Like in this example:

I don’t need Part.I and Part.II of this book. I just want to go for Part.IV:

As I wrote before 199 USD is not high price. A lot of books in my home about 30-50 USD, so it’s only four/six physical books cost, and maybe 6/8 digital, but I have access for more titles than I expected.

My experience on first ‘Production Monday’ i pretty good. Portal work really fast, books added to my bookshelf are still there – after re-loging, tags and keywords are really helpfull. After half hour my current bookshelf look that:

Where I will find time for read those titles…