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Submission + - VirtualBox 5.0 released

chocobanana writes: VirtualBox 5.0 has been released. This one surprisingly went under the radar for quite a while!

From the official press release page:

The 5.0 release supports the latest guest or host operating systems including: Mac OS X Yosemite, Windows 10, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, other Linux operating systems, and legacy operating systems. New capabilities in Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0:

  • Paravirtualization Support for Windows and Linux Guests: Significantly improves guest OS performance by leveraging built-in virtualization support on operating systems such as Oracle Linux 7 and Microsoft Windows 7 and newer.
  • Improved CPU Utilization: Exposes a broader set of CPU instructions to the guest OS, enabling applications to make use of the latest hardware instruction sets for maximum performance.
  • Support of USB 3.0 Devices: Guest operating systems can directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. The guest OS can be configured to support USB 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0.
  • Bi-Directional Drag and Drop Support for Windows: On all host platforms, Windows, Linux and Oracle Solaris guests now support “drag and drop” of content between the host and the guest. The drag and drop feature transparently allows copying or opening of files, directories, and more.
  • Disk Image Encryption: Data can be encrypted on virtual hard disk images transparently during runtime, using the industry standard AES algorithm with up to 256 bit data encryption keys (DEK). This helps ensure data is secure and encrypted at all times, whether the VM is sitting unused on a developer's machine or server, or actively in use.

Downloads available in the official downloads page.

Is this still a case for considering Virtualbox's development at a standtill?

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Yes, one supported configuration for building MAME is using Clang on Linux. It links against distro-provided, GCC-built libstdc++ and Qt4. It definitely works using Clang 3.4 or later on Fedora 20 or later. I've also successfully built applications with Clang against distro-provided, GCC-built libstdc++, xerces-c and Clang on CentOS 6 and later, and Fedora 20 and later.

There are some issues with experimental C++14 mode in Clang that cause it to choke on some of the libstdc++ headers, but these are real known bugs in Clang to be fixed, and C++14 mode is still considered experimental. Also, at present libc++ is still considered experimental and it's recommended that you use GNU libstdc++ when building with Clang on Linux unless you want to report and deal with bugs.

Comment Re:American Cougar Association of DICE (Score 1) 176 176

It's actually amusing. I laughed a few times at the way it parodied dodgy horror movies and fears of homophobes. I mean, come on, they have names like Sgt Shaved Balls and Cpt B. Dick. The representation of oppressive, evil "female creatures" is pretty funny, too.

Comment Re: Kanbun: Reordering Chinese to Japanese (Score 1) 196 196

Gah posting at 4:20AM is a bad idea. I emphasised destination in the second example. To emphasise means of transport: Hikouki de Beijing ni Shanghai kara ikimasu. Just put the aspect you want to emphasise (and it's associated particle) first. The only part that absolutely must be in a certain place in the sentence is the verb that comes last.

Comment Re: Kanbun: Reordering Chinese to Japanese (Score 2) 196 196

That sentence doesn't require multiple verb clauses in Japanese. You can use destination, origin and means particles "ni", "kara" and "de": Watashi wa Shanghai kara Beijing ni hikouki de ikimasu. Since it's a single verb clause you can reorder it however you want for emphasis as long as the verb comes last - the way I have it there emphasises the subject. If you want to emphasise means of travel and use implicit speaker-as-subject, you can say: Beijing ni Shanghai kara hikouki de ikimasu. It's all easy as long as you get your particles right.

Comment Re:Can someone answer me this? (Score 1, Offtopic) 164 164

No it isn't. There's something else at work. I've had almost no comments downmodded in years, I get upmodded regularly, I real Slashdot every day, yet I haven't got mod points in a year or so. I have no idea why, I used to get mod points occasionally. But it's stopped completely now.

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Dell iDRAC doesn't depend on the Java browser plugin, it uses a Java Web Start application. But assuming you mean you want to get rid of the Java requirement altogether, rather than just the browser plugin, how do you suggest doing that? How would you make an OS-agnostic remote keyboard/mouse/video/storage client? The storage part is very important, we need to be able to mount virtual media to install operating systems and perform firmware upgrades. Java is the shittiest solution to the problem, apart from all the other solutions anyone's tried.

Comment Re:Disable Java == Broken Websites (Score 3, Informative) 122 122

Most rack mount servers have an integrated management controller that lets you access the system over a network connection as though you had a local display/keyboard/mouse/storage. The client is usually a Java Web Start application, Java applet or similar. Hence you need Java to administer servers unless you can physically get to the rack and connect stuff to it.

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Resistive touch screens typically get pressure sensitivity for free, capacitive screens do not. It's usually faked by doing tricks with contact patch area. As you push harder your finger tip flattens and contacts a larger area of the screen. I don't know whether Apple's implementation is the same or if they've actually integrated a strain gauge or something for real pressure sensitivity.

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