Virtualize Whirled Peas

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.


  1. damjan replied on November 1st, 2007:

    “Vote with your dollars, folks, buy up those copies of Server”


    How is buying something from a company that arbitrary restricts you, “voting”???

  2. Colin replied on November 2nd, 2007:

    Not buying is also voting as well. I guess you haven’t ever heard that expression, then. It’s a capitalism thing — the most effective way to encourage or discourage a manufacturer is by buying or not buying their product.

    In that way, it is like voting. Don’t like someone’s product (or something about it)? Don’t buy it. Like something in it and want to encourage the manufacturer to continue? Buy it.

    Don’t you have something more productive to do than troll on a blog?

  3. Uli Kusterer replied on January 18th, 2008:

    While I generally agree with you that buying/not buying consciously is a way to ‘vote’, the way you put it kinda reminds me of that scene in Robocop, where OCP takes over Detroit and says people can still vote by buying OCP stock…

    Another way to make your voice heard is to use one of Apple’s many contact forms, or if you’re a dev, bug reporter/radar to tell them you want to virtualize client (and particularly 10.4, if you’re so inclined).