Sun has released a major update to its open source desktop virtualization tool xVM VirtualBox, adding support for Mac OS X and Solaris host operating systems, in addition to other improvements. Software makers such as Parallels have been making Mac OS X virtualization software for some time, but Sun is the first to release an open source virtualization product for the platform. Virtualization technology allows several operating systems to run at the same time on a single physical host. VirtualBox runs as an application on a host operating system, on top of which various guest OSs can execute. The software was originally developed by Germany-based Innotek, which was acquired by Sun in February. It competes with a range of virtualization competitors, including market leader VMware. The free, open-source version is available for download, and Sun also sells a version under a proprietary license with additional features such as USB support and a Remote Display Protocol (RDP) server. The … [Read more...] about Mac OS X gets first open source virtualization tool
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When we talk about virtualization on the Apple Mac platform, we are usually talking about virtualizing Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems as guest operating systems on either VMware Fusion or Parallels' Desktop for Mac products. But in this case, we are actually talking about virtualizing the Mac OS itself.Is this a Halloween trick? Or treat? I suppose it depends on the way you look at it. The good news, however, is that there is definitely change in the air. If you remember the long, drawn out discussions in the past, the idea of virtualizing Mac OS X was clear. Apple stated that the license only allowed you to install and use one copy of the Mac OS X Server software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time. So it was a one license, one machine EULA. Which pretty much ruled it out as a guest operating system even though both VMware and Parallels said it was "possible" to virtualize the OS.Now, it looks as though a subtle change has been made to Apple's End User License … [Read more...] about Mac OS X Virtualization! Is It Trick or Treat?
Over the past two years, running Windows and Windows apps virtually on Apple hardware has become a popular way for consumers to dump their PCs in favor of Mac gear.Microsoft's liberal attitude, while hurting hardware partners such as HP and Dell, has also enabled the spread of Windows to Apple's previously-inaccessible hardware. [ Stay up to date on the latest virtualization developments with InfoWorld's Virtualization Report blog and newsletter. ]In contrast, Apple has only grudgingly allowed Mac OS X to be run on virtual machines. The regular client version of Leopard cannot be run virtually, whether on Apple's hardware or not.Only the server version of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard can be turned into a virtual machine, or guest. That must be on Mac hardware, though desktops, laptops or servers are all allowed. The VMs must also run on top of the base Leopard server OS.The implications of these limitations on price are huge. It costs a minimum of $499 -- the retail price for Apple's … [Read more...] about Will Apple ever liberalize Mac OS X virtualization?
Thanks to virtualization, running Microsoft Windows applications on Apple hardware has become a popular way for consumers to dump their PCs in favor of using a Mac. Much to the chagrin of Microsoft hardware partners, this is yet another reason for Apple's growing hardware success.In contrast, Apple has only grudgingly allowed its own Mac OS X to run on a virtual machine, and even then they've been extremely restrictive with that policy. [ Also on InfoWorld.com: Find out why the latest Linux kernel update is providing open source virtualization users with a platform choice. | Read how new startup, Bromium aims to secure application clouds and virtual desktops. | Keep up-to-date on virtualization by signing up for InfoWorld's Virtualization newsletter. ]If you remember the long, drawn-out discussions in the past, the policy on virtualizing Mac OS X was clear. Apple stated that the license allowed you to install and use only one copy of the Mac OS X software on a single Apple-labeled … [Read more...] about Mac OS X Lion expected to further ease Apple’s virtualization restrictions
Just as Microsoft became entrenched with Windows XP, so toodid Apple's popular Mac OS X version 10.4 develop a shelf life. Released inApril 2005, Mac OS X version 10.4 (known as Tiger) introduced the Spotlightintegrated desktop search feature, a new Dashboard that popularized widget use,an updated Safari Web browser, and more. However, Mac OS X version 10.5experienced delays in its announced release.Featuring more than 300 updates and improvements, the new "Leopard"release packs several significant enhancements. In addition to including a newTime Machine automated backup utility, the updated operating system boastsSpotlight search capability across multiple systems, the Front Row and PhotoBooth applications introduced with Tiger on Intel-powered systems, virtualdesktop "Spaces" that enable users to maintain multiple desktop withspecific applications running simultaneously, the addition of RSS, stationeryand other new features to Mail, and much more. Here's a deeper look at some ofthe … [Read more...] about SolutionBase: What’s coming in Mac OS X Leopard
download and gallery.It is indeed possible to run both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X at the same time on a single personal computer. The key is VMware Fusion, a virtualization platform that allows you to run Windows in an OS X environment. This How do I... shows you how to install Windows Vista in an OS X environment. If you currently own an Intel Mac and want to run Windows alongside OS X, this tutorial is for you.Note: I have a dual desktop configuration with my iMac. I run OS X on one monitor and Windows in full-screen mode on the other monitor. It provides me with the best of both worlds. Let's begin.Open VMware Fusion from the dashboard of OS X. Click the New button (Figure A) to begin to create a Windows Vista virtual machine.Figure ABegin VMware Fusion Next, click Continue to choose the applicable OS platform, as shown in Figure B.Figure BChoose platformClick the drop-down and choose Windows as the OS and Windows Vista as the specific version of Windows (Figure … [Read more...] about How do I… Install Windows Vista in a Mac OS X environment using VMware Fusion?
Following the resurgence of Apple computers, fueled largelyin part by the popularity of Apple's iPod musicplayers, Mac OS X, and stylish, well-performing PCs, Windows administrators areincreasingly encountering Macintosh computers in business environments.Fortunately, Macs benefit from a host of available enterprise-class businessapplications that assist users in maximizing productivity.Windows professionals, however, are often confused by thedifferent applications and programs that target Apple users. As many Windowstechnicians haven't previously worked with the Macintosh platform, many Windowspros haven't had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with various Appleapps. Here's a roadmap designed to help get any Windows user quickly up tospeed on the various business programs readymade for Mac users.Microsoft, despite occasional rumors to the contrary, stillactively supports Mac users. Redmond developers released the Microsoft Office2004 for Mac suite of applications, which … [Read more...] about SolutionBase: Get familiar with enterprise-ready software for Mac OS X
It is indeed possible to run both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X at the same time on a single personal computer. The key is VMware Fusion, a virtualization platform that allows you to run Windows in an OS X environment.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-I have a dual-desktop configuration with my iMac. I run OS X on one monitor and Windows in full-screen mode on the other monitor. It provides me with the best of both worlds. Let's begin.Open VMware Fusion from the dashboard of OS X. Click the New button (Figure A) to begin to create a Windows Vista virtual machine.Figure ANext, click Continue to choose the applicable OS platform, as shown in … [Read more...] about It is easy to run Windows Vista on Mac OS X
Even in the era of virtualization, many IT pros (including myself) have a small army of computers sitting on, under, and around their desks. Controlling this menagerie usually requires multiple keyboards and mice or a KVM switch. But, that was before Synergy—an open-source utility that lets you control multiple machines (each with its own monitor) using a single keyboard and mouse. Even better, Synergy works across operating systems (Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, and Linux/Unix).Jeff Bakalar, CNET.com Assistant Editor, demonstrated how to install and configure Synergy in a Insider Secrets video. … [Read more...] about Share a single keyboard and mouse across Windows and Mac OS X with Synergy
As far operating system upgrades go, Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a little odd for two reasons: 1.) Apple delivered it ahead of schedule on August 28 (at least ahead of its most recent promise of September) and 2.) Most of its changes are under the hood and not apparent when you first install it. The latter is probably why the upgrade only costs $29.While there's lots of commentary out there about the changes in Snow Leopard, here TechRepublic evaluates it from an IT and business perspective. For a quick summary of Snow Leopard's strengths and weaknesses, check out this short video clip, and then read the full review below: For more field-tested reviews of hardware and software in this format, see TechRepublic's Product Spotlight blog. Also, subscribe to the Product Spotlight newsletter, delivered each Thursday. Sign up now with a single click.Version number: Mac OS X 10.6 System requirements: Intel processor, 1 GB RAM, 5 GB disk space, DVD drive for installationBuilt-in malware … [Read more...] about Product spotlight: Snow Leopard kicks up the performance and business-readiness of Mac OS X