VMware is recognized by many as the virtualization leader in the technology industry. They have now announced that they will be releasing a majority of VMware Tools as open source software as part of the project Open Virtual Machine Tools. VMware Tools is a set of guest operating system virtualization components that enhance performance and improve management of VMware virtual machines. The source code is available today to enable Linux vendors to integrate open-sourced VMware Tools into upcoming versions of their operating systems.
“We are very pleased with VMware’s demonstrated ability to work with the open source community. Open Virtual Machine Tools streamlines the process of providing ISVs with an edition of Ubuntu optimized for virtual appliances that follows the JeOS concept of Just Enough Operating System and allows us to provide end users of the Ubuntu operating system with a compelling out-of-the-box experience. We look forward to the debut of Open Virtual Machine Tools within a future release of Ubuntu.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project
VMware’s move to open source will prove to be important in making more efficient virtual machines and getting more people to use virtualization products.