Using VMWare for Dapper testing (completed e-mail)

Jay Camp jayc at CLEMSON.EDU
Tue Nov 29 02:05:14 GMT 2005

To conclude the previous message sent with an accidental ctrl-enter:

On Mon, 2005-11-28 at 19:59 -0200, Carlos Ribeiro wrote:
> 2) The packager would need to have a copy of VMWare Workstation in
> order to be able to generate the player images. This may or not turn
> out to be a problem though. (In fact there are recipes/hacks on how to
> build an image with the player, but I guess that's not exactly within
> the spirit of the player's license).

An employee of VMware (though I'm sure not speaking on behalf of them)
posted on a while back basically saying "yes, we know
you can make your own image files but I don't really see any problems
arising because of it."

This would make sense because I think VMware "gets it".  They realize
that virtualization will become more of a commodity (see recent
developments of Xen[1] along with newer CPU's coming out) and that their
market isn't going to be home users who just want to run a virtual
machine but nothing fancy (snapshots, teams, etc.).  Their money is to
be made on servers and the like.

So in other words, this doesn't seem like a problem.  But then again I
haven't read the EULA.  The true answer lies in there.

I think it's a great idea though.

[1] Yes, I know it's a hypervisor and not virtualization... leave me
alone. ;)

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