VMWare to Toughen Support for Mac OS X Virtualization?
VMWare Fusion 4 recently added support for virtualization of Leopard and Snow Leopard.
VMWare Fusion is an application that allows you to run an operating system inside of your operating system. It let's you run the second operating system in something called a virtual machine, which is called such because it runs through the hardware that the main operating system is already using. The main operating system shares the hardware power with the virtual machine running inside of it. Because of this, if you are running a secondary operating system as a virtual machine, your main operating system will become a little more sluggish than usual as it shares RAM and CPU power with the secondary operating system.
VMWare Fusion has been a popular way for Mac users to run Windows or Linux on their Macs for ages. A direct competitor of VMWare Fusion is Parallels Desktop which does basically the same thing. I've personally always used VMWare Fusion because I like its GUI more. Just this week, VMWare Fusion was updated to be able to run Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS X Snow Leopard from a virtual machine on Mac OS X Lion. In the past, Apple has been very picky with VMWare and had a deal signed with them to make sure that VMWare Fusion would not be able to run Mac OS X as a virtual machine. Since then, the only way to virtualize Mac OS X was to find a non-legitmate copy of Mac OS X which is illegal and breaks the terms of service of Apple's software.
Since VMWare has added legitimate support for Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS X Snow Leopard to VMWare Fusion, Apple is in turn noticing that VMWare Fusion users are finding Mac OS X from places that were not Apple. The latest VMWare Fusion for Mac OS X left out one important feature – a legitimacy test. This means hat software pirates have been able to run Mac OS X on VMWare Fusion for close to a week. There is a mandatory update coming to VMWare Fusion that will re-add the legitimacy check for Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS X Snow Leopard so that only legitimate users can run the operating system on their computer. Users of non-legitimate copies will face errors trying to boot up from it.
Will VMWare omit Mac OS X from their application again? Or will VMWare just release an update to VMWare Fusion to check for legitimacy? The answer is unclear, but it will be determined in the next update which is coming very soon.
Should VMWare continue to keep support for virtualizing Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS X Snow Leopard? Share in the comments below!