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  • OS X Lion Client Version Supports Virtualization


    Here's something new we're hearing about the latest release of OS X Lion that came out today, it appears that the client version of Lion, as in the copy that will sell for $30 in the Mac App Store, will be allow native virtualization, a feature that has previously only been found in Mac OS X Server, and started with the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    Users have been able to run virtualized Operating Systems on Mac for years using third-party solutions such as VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop to some success, but native virtualization is a huge step forward, and something I believe should have been a featured topic when Lion was introduced last month. This native virtualization enhances the Mac's compatibility prowess beyond both of those programs.

    It should be noted, it appears that Lion will only allow users to run sandboxed versions of Mac OS X, such as Snow Leopard, and won't feature support for Windows (although there's always Boot Camp) or any other OS. Users should also note that the EULA states that each Virtual Machine must have its own unique license number. It allows up to two additional copies or "instances" of Apple Software within virtual environments.

    This will impact developers, because this will allow simpler backwards and forward compatibility testing, allowing them test Mac Apps on multiple versions of Mac OS. Also enterprise users will benefit from the added functionality. This is just one of the many indications that Apple is blurring the lines between Server and Client offerings in OS X Lion
    This article was originally published in forum thread: OS X Lion Client Version Supports Virtualization started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. KiZZ's Avatar
      KiZZ -
      Very nice! A step in the right direction
    1. ismoothproject's Avatar
      ismoothproject -
      So, then does this make it legal? I haven't done virtualization cause it is illegal, but I hope this means apple is allowing it legally!

      Does this mean it is legal to virtualize then? I haven't been because it wasn't legal. But if this makes it, that would be great!

      Does this mean it is legal then? Cause that would be great to have Lion on my PC!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      VMware vSphere (ESXi) 5 will support Mac OS X. One of the reasons why Xserve was discontinued. Until now Mac OS X could only be officially virtualized on Apple hardware. Now you will be able to have any supported server from HP, Dell, IBM etc, running ESXi 5 and have Mac OS X VMs

      Quote Originally Posted by ismoothproject View Post
      Cause that would be great to have Lion on my PC!
      I'm not sure if Lion or other Mac OS's will be officially supported in VMware Workstation, the above screen shows it can be installed in workstation. But it will be supported in VMware ESXi 5. Whether it's "legal" or not shouldn't really deter you. If you've paid for the OS, feel free to install it on whatever hardware you like. No ones gonna come breaking down your door.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Quote Originally Posted by ismoothproject View Post
      So, then does this make it legal? I haven't done virtualization cause it is illegal, but I hope this means apple is allowing it legally!


      Does this mean it is legal to virtualize then? I haven't been because it wasn't legal. But if this makes it, that would be great!


      Does this mean it is legal then? Cause that would be great to have Lion on my PC!
      LOL. I had the exact same problem - my comment wouldn't show up.
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      "Here's something new we're hearing about the latest release of OS X Lion that came out today, it appears that the client version of Lion, as in the copy that will sell for $30 in the Mac App Store, will be allow native virtualization, a feature that has previously only been found in Mac OS X Server, and started with the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard."

      Holy Run On Sentence, Batman! And what does 'will be allow' mean? Imagine what it'd read like if non-professionals were writing it.
    1. ksong12's Avatar
      ksong12 -
      Hold on, I think that screenshot is misleading. The article is talking about the other way around. Virtualizing OS's on Mac OSX. As in Lion on Lion. Not Lion on PC. That's still against the EULA if you're concerned about legality, and won't work out of the box unless Apple is seriously changing the way they're doing things; that's out of the scope of the article though.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      "Here's something new we're hearing about the latest release of OS X Lion that came out today, it appears that the client version of Lion; as in the copy that will sell for $30 in the Mac App Store, will be allow native virtualization; a feature that has previously only been found in Mac OS X Server, and started with the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard."

      Their called 'semi-colons' I recommend you learn to use them!

      OR

      "Here's something new we're hearing about the latest release of OS X Lion that came out today, it appears that the client version of Lion (the copy that will sell for $30 in the Mac App Store) will be allow native virtualization; a feature that has previously only been found in Mac OS X Server, and started with the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard."

      This is a mixture of brackets and semi-colons, it also works.
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      lmao!! "writers"??

      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      "Here's something new we're hearing about the latest release of OS X Lion that came out today, it appears that the client version of Lion; as in the copy that will sell for $30 in the Mac App Store, will be allow native virtualization; a feature that has previously only been found in Mac OS X Server, and started with the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard."

      Their called 'semi-colons' I recommend you learn to use them!

      OR

      "Here's something new we're hearing about the latest release of OS X Lion that came out today, it appears that the client version of Lion (the copy that will sell for $30 in the Mac App Store) will be allow native virtualization; a feature that has previously only been found in Mac OS X Server, and started with the release of OS X 10.5 Leopard."

      This is a mixture of brackets and semi-colons, it also works.
    1. pentatonic145's Avatar
      pentatonic145 -
      "will be allow native virtualization"

      Who wrote this article, Borat?

      I swear - modmyi.com is the most Mickey-Mouse, slapped together, garbage news site on the interwebz. Edited by a half-dead orangutan.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I'm not sure if Lion or other Mac OS's will be officially supported in VMware Workstation, the above screen shows it can be installed in workstation. But it will be supported in VMware ESXi 5. Whether it's "legal" or not shouldn't really deter you. If you've paid for the OS, feel free to install it on whatever hardware you like. No ones gonna come breaking down your door.
      Quote Originally Posted by ksong12 View Post
      Hold on, I think that screenshot is misleading. The article is talking about the other way around. Virtualizing OS's on Mac OSX. As in Lion on Lion. Not Lion on PC. That's still against the EULA if you're concerned about legality, and won't work out of the box unless Apple is seriously changing the way they're doing things; that's out of the scope of the article though.
      It's not illegal, but it is against Apple's EULA (at least as of Snow Leopard.) What one has to understand about an EULA, is that it cannot be enforced beyond what is already against the law. Anything else is inherently meaningless as far as the law is concerned, and the most Apple can do is deny you support (should they some how find out.)