Virtualbox 5.1.12 is now avialable, install it on Ubuntu 16.04

This tutorial is going to guide you through the installation of Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.12 on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus. The new Virtualbox 5.1.12 has been released and brings a lot of improvements and bug fixes. This is a maintenance release so there are no major upgrades available on this version. But, I recommend you to update your Virtualbox prior to version 5.1.12.

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What’s new on Virtualbox 5.1.12

  • VMM: fixed VERR_IEM_ASPECT_NOT_IMPLEMENTED Guru Meditations with certain
  • Linux guests if KVM paravirtualization is enabled (5.1 regression; bugs #15613 and #16251)
  • VMM: fixed VERR_VMX_UNABLE_TO_START_VM Guru Meditations under rare conditions
  • GUI: prevent a crash under certain conditions if the VM is terminated very early
  • GUI: fixed certain keyboard capture issues (5.1.10 regression; Mac OS X hosts only; bug #16150)
  • GUI: fixed dragging guest windows in seamless mode with the keyboard captured (X11 hosts only; bug #15837)
  • GUI: fixed a problem where the new version detected dialog was covered by the appliance import dialog (Mac OS X hosts only; bug #16238)
  • Storage: fixed NVMe reset processing when doing rmmod nvme; modprobe nvme in a Linux guest (bug #16080)
  • Storage: fixed creating a snapshot when the VM is running and an NVMe controller is present

Please visit this page to see the complete changelog.

Steps to install or upgrade Virtualbox 5.1.12 on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. Download Virtualbox 5.1.12 DEB installer

Please download the DEB file provided by the official website. Select the correct architecture based on your system.

Step 2. Install Virtualbox

Once you get the DEB file, you can either install it via GUI or use the Terminal. I prefer to use the Terminal command to install the DEB file.

sudo gdebi virtualbox-5.1_5.1.12-112440-Ubuntu-xenial_amd64.deb

Change the file name to match with the file you downloaded on the first step. If you don’t have gdebi installed, you can use this command to install it first.

sudo apt-get install gdebi

Thank you


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