Apple OKs OS X Virtualization

By  |  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.


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10 Comments For This Post

  1. LauRoman Says:

    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.

  2. StlgarISCA Says:

    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.

  3. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    There is only one version of Lion.

  4. Harry McCracken Says:

    My understanding is that this is the first time Apple's EULA has permitted virtualization of the desktop version of OS X.

  5. Uli Says:

    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.

  6. nicholascontramundum Says:

    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?

  7. StilgarISCA Says:

    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.

  8. nicholascontramundum Says:

    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.

  9. Paul Says:

    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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