I have just upgraded to VirtualBox 2.1.4 and noticed something surprising: a performance improvement. I didn’t notice this with a Windows 200 guest but a Windows XP one now ran freely when it felt like it was immersed in treacle before. Since I had some photos to process for the hillwalking blog, that was a welcome boost and will be well used if it continues. What’s more, a Windows 7 VM that I have doesn’t run so sluggish now either. These observations do point towards 2.1.2 being a sluggard on my Ubuntu box, though hogs like Norton 360 didn’t help matters either. Whatever the truth was, things now feel much better and any enhancement to system speed has to be a good thing.