Sun buys Virtualbox

Not to be left out of the Open Source buying frenzy, Sun has recently acquired an OS virtualization product called “VirtualBox” that looks to be a boon for developers and for IT Administrators looking for standalone lab environments. Sun already had a server consolidation virtualization product (datacenter grade) in xVM Server, but didn’t have a standalone desktop virtualization application (like VirtualPC or Parallels.) Now they do.

VirtualBox  was an open source project, and Sun has committed to keeping it free, but as with all open source commercial acquisitions, this sort of move always raises mixed feelings: it’s nice to have some dollars behind continued development, but people love their free software.

via Infoworld 

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