Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Feb 2007 17:46 UTC, submitted by MacosXrumors
Mac OS X "Parallels recently made a definitive statement saying that the company won't be making it easy for users to run OS X in a virtual environment anytime soon. The reasoning behind this was because they don't want to put their users at risk of breaking the OS X EULA - unlike Windows Vista, there is no version of OS X that can be run under a virtual machine - and more importantly, they don't want to strain their (currently good) relationship with Apple. As a followup to that statement from Parallels, I was able to also get in touch with Srinivas Krishnamurti, VMWare's Director of Product Management and Market Development in order to get VMWare's official position on the matter. "Apple does not currently allow running Mac OS X in a virtual machine," he said. "Apple is an important partner and VMware respects Apple's intellectual property."
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VMware and Parallels
by pfortuny on Fri 16th Feb 2007 10:02 UTC
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Cannot legally develop such a product (unless they do it blindly, without testing), for what I gather. (In principle, the EULA does not allow you to do it).

This is a problem for Apple, as developers for OS X are forced (legally) to buy a computer from them (and that may not be an option or they simply may say "I don't care"). However, Steve Jobs does not seem to see this as a problem.

It may well be that their aim is to "be a posh and exclusive brand", something akin to Lexus, but this does not play well with the "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" adverts unless they are NOT aimed at everybody (?).

I do not like it but I do like their computers and OS...

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RE: VMware and Parallels
by drynwhyl on Fri 16th Feb 2007 11:33 in reply to "VMware and Parallels"
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> VMware and Parallels cannot legally develop such a
> product

They can move the development (or just the testing) to any country outside the US, and sell to non-US customers, since Apfels EULAs are not binding anywhere else out there.

> However, Steve Jobs does not seem to see this as a problem.

Why should he, when it makes him money?

> It may well be that their aim is to "be a posh and exclusive brand"

And it may well hurt them, and let OS X look "outdated" in a few years, when any other system out there supports virtualising other systems and its own virtualisation, with OS X "still" being tightly bound to some "hardware".

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