Focus on Apple
Virtualization of Mac OS X continued... Feb 21 2007 08:22PM
Todd Woodward (todd_woodward symantec com)
In the last couple of weeks there has been a number of news articles, reports and analysis regarding virtualization on the Mac platform, and virtualization in general.

Last week's InfoWorld focused several articles on virtualization of servers, storage and applications. Not specific to Mac, but fascinating articles none-the-less.

Specific to the Mac platform, both Parallels and VMWare have said (paraphrasing) that they won't release solutions that allow Mac OS X to run in a virtual machine until Apple says they can. "We won't virtualize OS X until Apple says so..."

We can only speculate what Apple communicated to Parallels and VMWare since Apple has been officially silent on the matter...which is to be expected. The Mac OS X EULA states "install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time." From what Parallels and VMWare have communicated to their customers formally and informally, it appears that Apple may consider a virtual machine running Mac OS X a non-Apple-labeled computer...even on Apple-labeled hardware.

Additional articles on the subject...

Personally I would be just as happy if Parallels, VMWare and even XenSource worked with Apple to limit their products so virtualized Mac OS X can only run on Apple-labeled hardware. Of course this is pure speculation on my part...We'll just have to wait and see what happens in the coming months.

Todd D. Woodward
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