Oct 21 2005
It’s a simple idea, but I suspect that the VMware player is going to create disruptive ripples throughout the desktop computing industry, we thought we liked Linux Live Distro’s well imagine being able to download a myriad different pre-build VMware environments and run them on your normal PC, (memory allowing of course). Here is a snip from VMware:
VMware Player can be used by anyone to run virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player makes it quick and easy to take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines.
I use VMware a lot and it’s certainly going to make my life easier to distribute VM’s to other people. I can use my www.streamload.com account for the purpose, which allows me unlimited uploads (I have a 100GB download account) and I can email out links to VM’s for people to download.
Even better for me, I expect to start receiving a stream of VM’s from suppliers and colleagues with pre-build VM’s for evaluation, and VMware have kick started that process through relationships with; Novell, Redhat, Bea, MySQL, Oracle, and spike.
In addition the concept of appliances will become viable, with single purpose pre-built environments being distributed. VMware themselves have an example – a browser appliance.
Licensing implications are likely to prove interesting, but for Open Source SW I expect it will prove massively popular as a way for people to increase their confidence.