Nearly four years after its last major release, VirtualBox 7.0 arrives with a… host of new features. Chief among them are Windows 11 support via TPM, EFI Secure Boot support, full encryption for virtual machines, and a few Linux niceties. From a report: The big news is support for Secure Boot and TPM 1.2 and 2.0, which makes it easier to install Windows 11 without registry hacks (the kind Oracle recommended for 6.1 users). It’s strange to think about people unable to satisfy Windows 11’s security requirements on their physical hardware, but doing so with a couple clicks in VirtualBox, but here we are. VirtualBox 7.0 also allows virtual machines to run with full encryption, not just inside the guest OSâ”but logs, saved states, and other files connected to the VM. At the moment, this support only works through the command line, “for now,” Oracle notes in the changelog.
This is the first official VirtualBox release with a Developer Preview for ARM-based Macs. Having loaded it on an M2 MacBook Air, I can report that the VirtualBox client informs you, extensively and consistently, about the non-production nature of your client. The changelog notes that it’s an “unsupported work in progress” that is “known to have very modest performance.” A “Beta Warning” shows up in the (new and unified) message center, and in the upper-right corner, a “BETA” warning on the window frame is stacked on top of a construction-style “Dev Preview” warning sign. It’s still true that ARM-based Macs don’t allow for running operating systems written for Intel or AMD-based processors inside virtual machines. You will, however, be able to run ARM-based Linux installations in macOS Venture that can themselves run x86 processors using Rosetta, Apple’s own translation layer.
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