Apple Frees Virtual Leopard

Arthur Cole

For a company like Apple that prides itself on being both a hardware and software innovator, it's refreshing to see that it has realized virtualization is a two-way street.


For the past few years, Apple has welcomed virtual versions of Windows, Linux and any other OS that came along. But woe unto the Mac OS user who dared launch a partition on a non-Apple system.


At first, it seemed that this state of affairs was going to continue under the new Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) regime. Now it seems that Leopard users will be able to virtualize the system (the server version, at least) on third-party hardware, thanks to a quiet change in the company's license.


Apple still hasn't seen clear to extend that flexibility to the PC version of Leopard, nor to earlier versions of OS X, but we understand that the company that built its reputation as a closed shop needs to take baby steps toward the open world.


Still, we hope it won't be too long before that happens. It will certainly benefit customers, and undoubtedly makes long-term sense for Apple too.

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