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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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