VirtualBox Now Supports Linux Kernel 5.8


For all who depend on VirtualBox as your virtual machine manager, the new Linux kernel is finally supported.

Linus Torvalds said that the Linux Kernel 5.8 was the largest release of all time. Although the vast majority of the changes to the kernel was code cleanup, there were a number of additions to the supported hardware and even some new features. But due to the size of this new kernel, one would have thought it might have taken considerable time for the likes of VirtualBox to come out with support. That is not the case. 

With the release of VirtualBox 6.1.14, the newest kernel is officially supported. This means you can not only run VirtualBox on Linux distribution hosts that use the 5.8 kernel, you can also run those same distributions as guest virtual machines.

But don't think the 6.1.14 maintenance release is only about supporting the new kernel. This latest release also includes plenty of bug fixes for Windows and macOS hosts and other fixes such as:

  • Fixed a regression in HDA audio emulation.
  • Fixed webcam passthrough and audio input issue on macOS Mojave and newer.
  • Fixed issue in Windows host serial port implementation.
  • Fixed issue when copying HTML data to the shared clipboard.

Of course, the big news is the support for the new kernel. For a more complete listing of the changes, read the changelog.
Download the latest version of VirtualBox (as well as the Extension Pack and the SDK) from the official download page.


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