VMware just did something really, really smart. Whoever thought of this deserves a big raise and a bonus. Here's the deal: VMware player is a freely distributable application that lets anyone run a virtual machine created by someone else. That is, you don't need to own VMware, you just download the player (Windows or Linux) and you can run the virtual machine that you got from someone else.
This opens up Windows machines to Linux apps and vice versa, and of course when Mac goes x86 next year, I expect a player for OS X won't take long to appear.
There are a bunch of virtual machines already, including a Browser Appliance that isolates your browsing to a virtual machine - simply fantastic for ultimate security. Do the same thing for email and 99% of virus problems would disappear.
This would also be great for distributing Hobby OSes.
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