Thursday, November 1st, 2007
As I’m sure has been reported a bunch already, the Mac OS X 10.5 Server license allows you to run it in a virtualized environment (as long as you’re doing it on a Mac, of course). This is great news, and I’d encourage folks who want to push Apple in the direction of allowing virtualization of the client version of OS X to go ahead and sink the costs for running server if you can.
I’m positive this is Apple testing the waters, and if I’m right, there will be quite the chicken & egg problem. If people decide to just wait for when they can do this with OS X Client, Apple will be able to say that they tested the market and did not find the demand people claimed.
Vote with your dollars, folks, buy up those copies of Server (which is actually pretty neat). Make sure to make noise afterwards about how much virtualization has helped you and you can’t wait for Apple to extend this to the client OS pretty please with a cherry on top?
If I could offer Apple some advice, I would say that extending this license change back to Tiger Server would make this a much more effective market test for virtualization in the software development field. Most people are going to want to virtualize the older OS and run the new one natively. Perhaps 10.4.11 will bring license changes as well?
If not, it’s still going to make testing 10.6 apps on 10.5 a whole lot easier (when that time comes), and I’m glad to see Apple sticking its toe out into the market, even if it’s just the pinky.