VirtualBox 5.2.22 Maintenance Release Available — Upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10

VirtualBox maintenance release (5.2.22) is now available for download… and this brief tutorial shows you how to install / upgrade to it on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 systems…..

This release brings some bug fixes and few additions… Some of the fixes include, fix for rebuilding kernel modules for new kernels on RPM guests, further fixes for Linux 4.19, various build fixes for kernel modules on recent distributions, and guests not remembering the screen size after shutdown and restart…

For more about this released, please check  its changelog page

VirtualBox gets new updates very frequently on Windows and Linux systems… so if you want to consistently get these updates when they become available, you’ll want to add its repository to your systems… doing that will make all future updates available to your systems immediately when they’re released…

A complete list of fixes are listed below:

  • Audio: fixed a regression in the Core Audio backend causing a hang when returning from host sleep when processing input buffers
  • Audio: fixed a potential crash in the HDA emulation if a stream has no valid mixer sink attached — thanks to Rink Springer (rink@…)
  • Windows hosts: fixed an incompatibility with recent versions of Windows 10
  • Windows hosts: fixed a number of brigded networking driver crashes
  • Linux Additions: disable 3D for recent guests using Wayland
  • Linux Additions: fix for rebuilding kernel modules for new kernels on RPM guests
  • Linux Additions: further fixes for Linux 4.19
  • Linux Additions: fixed errors rebuilding initrd files with dracut on EL 6
  • Linux Additions: fixed 5.2.20 regression: guests not remembering the screen size after shutdown and restart

To install or Upgrade VirtualBox software on Ubuntu, do the steps below:

Step 1: Add VirtualBox Repository

If you want to always get the latest versions of VirtualBox when they become available, you’ll want to add its software repository to Ubuntu…

Run the commands below to add the repository key to your system…

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

After adding the repository key above, run the commands below to add VirtualBox package repository…

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

After that, run the commands below to update Ubuntu repositories..

Step 2: Installing VirtualBox

At this point, the Ubuntu system should be ready to install the latest version of VirtualBox…

First you may want to remove older versions of the software if you’re still running it… to do that, run the commands below:

sudo apt remove virtualbox virtualbox-5.1

Finally, run the commands below to install the latest 5.2 (major) version of the software.

sudo apt update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.2

Step 3: Install VirtualBox Extension Pack

After installing VirtualBox.. the next step will be to install the extension pack… to do that, go to its download page by clicking the link below… the select the supported extension for the current platform..

https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

When prompted, select to open with Oracle VM VirtualBox (default)

VirtualBox ubuntu install

Then click Install

VirtualBox ubuntu upgrade

Scroll down and accept the licensing terms and complete the installation…. when you’re done… you should have the latest version of VirtualBox installed after running the above commands… Now go to search for the package and launch it.

VirtualBox ubuntu install

Enjoy!

Conclusion:

You have successfully installed VirtualBox virtualization software on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10… If you need more tutorials on Ubuntu, please check back later…

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