There are plenty of virtualization tools out there, but if you’re looking for a free (and open source) solution that offers solid support for a wide range of host and guest operating systems, you can’t go wrong with VirtualBox 7 Final. It has just been published by Oracle and if it is of your interest, we invite you to review this practical where we test the beta version.
The main novelty of this version lies in the full support for SecureBoot, TPM 1.2/2.0 and EFI to improve compatibility with Windows 11. These two changes now allow VirtualBox customers to run Windows 11 on fully compatible virtual machines without any hacking or bypassing Microsoft’s minimum hardware requirements.
Other added features of interest are the full virtual machine encryption, including VM configuration logs and saved states. For now, heThe function is only available from the command line interface, butEven so, it adds an additional level of protection to virtual machines when used.
Other new features that you can see in the release notes include support for virtual machines in the cloud, support for 3D in DirectX 11, the ability to run a virtual machine in the session / before logging in to the profile or the change the codec that VirtualBox uses for audio recordings which is now Vorbis instead of Opus.
The graphical user interface has changed in several key areas. There is a new tool that displays performance statistics when selected, highlighting CPU and RAM usage, storage drive I/O rates, and more information about running guest systems.
Of course, in addition to Windows 11, VirtualBox 7 offers support for the rest of the Windows versions, for macOS 11 (Big Sur) and macOS 12 (Monterey), for Linux (Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Ubuntu 22.04 LTS or Debian 11, among others). ) and also for the provider’s Solaris. Existing installations can be upgraded by installing the new version on top of the old one. All virtual machines that existed in the previous version will be migrated to the new version.
Otherwise, we continue to recommend virtualization as ideal technology for software testing and especially operating systems. It has been in use since the 1960s, and as then, it is still a fast, convenient, and secure method of running software, especially in professional settings, but also for consumers. We have published a good collection of guides and tutorials for the use of virtual machines that we recommend.