By Harry McCracken | Friday, July 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm
For some folks–developers, especially–this is great news: Apple says you can run virtualized copies of OS X 10.7 Lion, as long as you’re doing it on a Mac with a paid-for copy of the operating system.
Wasn't it exactly like this before Lion? I don't understand? Do you now not need another license? Do you need any kind of license at all? I'm not an OS X user, but i seem to reacall it was possible before, and i don't mean, just technically.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure this was also true in Snow Leopard. The coolest thing I've seen touted in Lion is that you can have multiple users connect remotely to a single machine…and not just in Lion Server.
There is only one version of Lion.
My understanding is that this is the first time Apple's EULA has permitted virtualization of the desktop version of OS X.
The License Agreement didn't permit running the "client" or "regular" version in virtualization. Only the Server version was permitted. Also, Apple convinced VMWare & Co. to check for a server-only file and prevent installing a client version in a VM.
I don't understand the advantages to this. I could see this if you could run a virtualized copy on windows, but running a virtualized copy of lion on a lion machine? What can you do on the virtualized copy that you can't with the one on your machine?
Virtual Machines (VMs) are handy for developers. When you're doing things like testing, it's nice to be able to use a VM to test stuff like 32-bit vs 64, or different patch levels of the OS or interacting software.
Thanks, that makes sense. I really wasn't sure. These are the points that I realize there are real people in the world, actually answering questions on comments instead of just trolling. Kudos to you man.
Nothing – however the virtualized copy could very serve well for developers who want to test their apps in a more sandboxed environment without having to buy a whole separate machine. It is also useful for testing OS configuration without a physical machine.
Lots of things that developers do could be well served by virutalization instead of physical
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