New in Boxes 3.8
- Add USB redirection support in new VMs and option to add it into existing VMs. i-e You can use your USB devices (camera, flash drive etc) plugged into host from the guest operating system.
- Smartcard support. This means if you have an appropriate reader device, you can use that to read information from your smart cards (credit/bank cards etc) from your virtual machine boxes.
- Automatically download and installation of all virtio and QXL drivers, and spice-vdagent as part of Windows XP and Windows 7 express installation. This means following working out of the box:
- Copy&paste between host and VM.
- Guest resolution automatically adjusted to fit the Boxes window.
- Very efficient disk I/O (helps in reducing installation time e.g).
- Here is a screencast of Windows XP with QXL in action.
- Improved selection view:
- Option to pause VMs.
- Options to select all, none and running boxes.
- Allow accessing properties for non-running VMs.
- Here is a screencast of new selection view in action.
- Allow tweaking properties for remote machines in the wizard.
- UI looks a lot more like UI mockups and more consistent with Documents.
- Add initial experience greeting. As a consequence, we don't auto-launch wizard on first time usage anymore.
Please ignore the notification about box deletion. You don't get that on first use, I promise!
- Support for changing the CD-ROM device/ISO from properties. You can see this option in the screenshot above along with USB redirection options.
- Selecting item when maximized automatically enters fullscreen view. You see this in action in the QXL demo screencast I pointed to above.
- Mark recommended RAM and storage of guest OS (when known) in properties.
- Allow search with multiple terms. A search like "foo bar" now means name containing "foo" and "bar". This is nicer, and what you expect from e.g. gnome-shell search.
- Allow drag to unfullscreen Boxes.
- Troubleshooting log viewer to system properties.
- For Developers:
- We now make use of libosinfo for express/automated installations. Support for new OSes/distros can be added through libosinfo. No Vala or C hacking needed, only XSL/XML.
- Loads of other fixes and minor improvements. For more details: http://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-boxes/tree/NEWS