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Open source VMware guest tools

I haven’t made a work related post in quite some time, but I’ve got a good reason now.

Yesterday, we announced that we’re open-sourcing most parts of our Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris guest tools. You can see the site with details of what’s present (including kernel modules) here.

I think this is genuinely a big deal – it opens the door to integrating the tools into distros so that a newly created vm starts up with all the tools in place and updates to them come through the standard distro mechanisms. I also hope we see them ported to other operating systems. If you wished your favourite boutique OS had full guest support, now it can.

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  1. Joseph | 12th September 2007 at 18:31 | Permalink

    Congrats on releasing them! It’s good to know that the money I give to VMWare (and encourage others to give ;) is getting re-invested in the community.

    Are there any plans to ease VMWare workstation module distribution, so that e.g. Ubuntu can distribute the modules for easy end-user integration?

  2. Philip Langdale | 12th September 2007 at 23:36 | Permalink

    I can’t talk about future plans, but it’s also very much in our interest to make it easy to distribute updated modules to users.

  3. Anders | 13th September 2007 at 07:00 | Permalink

    Have a look at my update at the VMTN blog:
    http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2007/09/were-pro-open-s.html

    - Anders

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