Virtualization vendor VMware announced yesterday that it has increased its open source portfolio by adding "a majority" of its VMware Tools, according to internetnews.com. The Open Virtual Machine Tools project centers around guest operating system virtualization components that will improve virtual machine performance.
With the code, which is hosted at sourceforge.net, Linux vendors will be able to integrate the tools into their respective operating systems. Developers from Red Hat, Novell and Ubuntu are collaborating with VMware on the integration work, the story says.
From Novell's Holger Dyroff:
Being able to package and bundle Open Virtual Machine Tools as part of SuSE Linux Enterprise will provide our mutual customers a more seamless and better supported platform for virtualization.
Qualcomm senior IT engineer Paul Poppleton is also pleased with the possibilities:
This gives us and other companies a significantly more streamlined path in deploying and updating in-guest components. In fact, deploying a Linux guest operating system will be as simple as installing the guest -- no additional steps required.