Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2007 20:42 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "I remember the day I was interviewed at VMware. I was asked what I would do to improve Workstation, and one of the things I said was that it would be nice to make a VM go rootless. That is, pull application windows out of the VM and make them integrate well with the operating system. I wasn't the only one. A lot of people wanted this type of feature. It's been discussed for years, but it's always been hard to find the manpower to do it. But competition is good, and we finally got some people on this feature. And it turned out spectacularly."
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RE[3]: = Parallels Coherence ?
by Karrick on Thu 7th Jun 2007 04:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: = Parallels Coherence ?"
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(1) Improvements to VMWare Fusion are astounding. Incremental or not, they represent some solid technology. They *fix* | *improve upon* some of my frustrations with Parallels' otherwise outstanding product.

(2) If you want to whine about the broken US Patent system, there are **plenty** of places to take your discord. Let's not unload on ChipX86. He has nothing to do with lawyers churning up business for themselves by scaring great software companies into foolish mischief.

(3) I have been a Parallels user since it first came out, and just paid the $40 upgrade to version 3.0. I also own VMWare Workstation for Windows, and plan on purchasing VMWare Fusion for Mac when available. They each have their strong points. In fact, if VMWare hadn't stepped into the ring, I have no doubt that Parallels--as excellent as it is--would not have seen such dramatic upgrades in the past year or so. Competition is healthy and benefits users.

(4) Kudos to ChipX86 to stepping into OSNews to candidly answer a few questions. How often do we see that sort of developer<->user interaction in the commercial software industry?

(5) For the record, various types of hardware and software virtualization have been around significantly longer than VMWare's foray into this business nearly one decade ago (1999). I call to your attention the significant research done by IBM during the 1950s, and initial products introduced in the 1960s. IBM brought virtual technology *math* into real life by creating hardware that could perform virtual computing well. As the 1990s era x86 family of CPUs did not fully support hardware virtualization, VMWare identified a potential market and invented some cool technologies. Or perhaps better stated: VMWare was able to implement the virtualization math on a non-compatible CPU by some amazing software feats.

Edited 2007-06-07 04:39 UTC

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