RUMOR: Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to include VMWare-like ‘Chameleon’ virtualization software

“Reliable sources informed MacosXrumors that Apple is developing virtualisation software that could be added to Apple’s next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard. The technology will allow users to create and run virtual machines with Mac OS X, Linux or Windows on any Intel-based Mac,” macosXrumors reports.

“The software, which is said to be code-named ‘Chameleon,’ will be made available in ‘Client’ and ‘Server’ versions. The Client version will have similar features to Virtual PC and will be included with Leopard Client while the Server version will act as a virtualisation server and will come with Leopard Server. Apple may also sell the solution separately just as it currently sells Apple Remote Desktop,” macosXrumors reports. “Sources also claim that Apple is developing the technology hand in hand with partners such as Intel and Microsoft.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sketchtrain” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: If Apple does this, they should include it in Leopard, not charge extra for it. It would be a huge selling point for Windows to Mac switchers, but would not have as much impact as it could if Apple tries to box it up and charge for it separately.

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  1. s,

    That’s actually not a bad idea, especially if Apple gets concessions on the licensing fees from Microsoft which they could then pass on to the consumer.

    And thanks for not crowing about “first post” by the way. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. It would appear that Apple wants to get really serious as a hardware vendor to run other OS besides X.

    Apples server and storage business has been growing steadily and building fans for ease of use and low cost.

  3. It would be nice if the development included a storage/buffer area that was shared with OS X so that files could easily be exchanged between the different platforms on the same computer.

  4. This is their solution to the corporate world. With this, companies could setup their networks while running the windows boxes where necessary (and believe me, it’s a necessity in some environments) and then for your administration and regular workflow you could stick to reliable Apples.

    This is their “in” into the market and is gonna make a huge splash if delivered properly. I can’t wait.

  5. Great now when Jobs releases “Chameleon” enabled OS X at Mac World we all have to stomach Boy George coming out from backstage with an iPod on. Singing…you guessed it.


  6. Queezie,
    I use my video ipod every day…and the itunes phone has been out for some time…I don’t need it but I know people who love it..3GHZ macs? Well,
    don’t worry about it…they will be here soon enough and frankly Steve had it right…IBM had it wrong… Tablet PC? keep your eyes on the end of this month…Media center? If you haven’t looked the intel Mac mini with FrontRow already blows away most of the Windows systems out there and is being used in just that way…as a media center but quite a few people. It hasn’t been specifically marketed that way…yet. But it will be.

    PS- I watch the video ipod output on a 27 inch monitor…It looks just fine.

  7. I can’t imagine Apple supporting such a buggy and insecure OS on their computer. If they sell this, they’ll have the same flood of phone calls about virus checkers, crashes, rebooting and reinstalling Windows. BUT, if Apple makes a Windows emulator, basically making a better Windows OS than Microsoft does, converting the program code into a Mac OS X code (another side to Rosetta?), then it won’t have any of the weaknesses of Windows and they could avoid all of the legal licensing hassles.

  8. “How does this idea fit with Apple’s statement that it will not support runing Windows on Intel Macs?”

    I think they meant booting Windows on a Mac, but this sounds like it would be running within Mac OS X.

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