VMware’s commitment to Open Source is taking a step up!
“VMware Inc. has released open-source desktop virtualization software designed to let its business partners optimize thin clients for the delivery of personalized virtual desktops. VMware View Open Client, available for download on the Google Code site since Monday night, helps further VMware’s strategy both for desktop virtualization and open source. VMware CEO Paul Maritz said last September that the company had considered open-sourcing ESX, its server hypervisor and flagship product. This week’s news doesn’t go that far, but it does introduce an open-source component into what is expected to be a fast-growing market for virtual desktops. VMware cited Gartner Inc. research predicting that 50 million user licenses for hosted virtual desktops will be purchased by 2013. ‘We are sharing our source code in VMware View Open Client so vendors can easily optimize devices to create the best virtual desktop solutions,’ VMware desktop vice president Jocelyn Goldfein said in a news release. ‘This … brings us closer to our Universal Client vision, where users can securely and efficiently access rich personalized desktop environments, from any device at any time.’ The open-source software is complementary to the commercial product VMware View, and it will let partners optimize thin clients and other devices for that product, the company said.”