Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2007 19:56 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
OSNews, Generic OSes Today, VMware announced that it has released a majority of its VMware Tools as open source software (GPLv2), part of the project Open Virtual Machine Tools. "The Open Virtual Machine Tools (open-vm-tools) are the open source implementation of VMware Tools. They are a set of guest operating system virtualization components that enhance performance and user experience of virtual machines."
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Older OSes / alternate OSes
by rx182 on Wed 12th Sep 2007 20:38 UTC
rx182
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2005-07-08

This is one good news. Now, I hope we will see gfx card drivers for older/alternative OSes.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

This is one good news. Now, I hope we will see gfx card drivers for older/alternative OSes.

Surprise! This doesn't include video drivers.

Basically it appears that this boils down to a memory control module (probably to help the host/guest memory management coordination - i don't know the details), a file locking driver for drag-n-drop support?, a host<->guest file transfer tool, and looks like a tool to manage the automatic resolution adjustment when the host window is resized (at least, I think that's what it does - but it's not a video driver).

So, if you're looking for a video driver, it references x.org - where a driver already exists.

Oh also, there's a vmxnet driver - but I doubt many OSes actually need that at this point - especially when VMWare emulates several different network chipsets. (oh, i see there's some fancy cpu/memory reduction involved with this driver - so I guess people who use vmware often, this is a nice driver).

Edited 2007-09-12 22:41

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