Monday, February 13, 2006

VMware giving away their server product

The nice people at VMware are now giving away their VMware server platform for free.

VMware Server (formerly known as GSX server) is a daemonised version of VMware running in a host operating system. It is very useful for software developers who want to test their software on multiple platforms.

I also use it to run Microsoft Windows XP on my Linux box, and it works fine. Especially the snapshot feature has saved me many a Windows reinstall.

Caveats:

  1. You will need to sign up for a VMware account (free)
  2. VMware still calls the product "beta"


I guess they are afraid of the competition that they are getting from Microsoft Virtual PC 2004, User-mode Linux and Xen.

Thanks to b3n for the pointer.