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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