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VMware slams open source sell-out

VMware has criticised virtualisation developer XenSource’s tie-up with Microsoft, accusing the open source company of selling out.

The Microsoft/XenSource agreement will allow Windows to interoperate with XenSource's Xen virtualisation technology, making it an attractive solution for more users.

VMware criticised the deal for not allowing code jointly developed by Microsoft and XenSource to be used by the open source community.

Brian Byun, VMware vice-president of products and alliances, said the deal was “a one-way street that favours Microsoft and Windows running Linux”.

Byun claimed XenSource was abandoning its open source roots, and said that the company's code would become proprietary.

VMware recently launched a free virtualisation platform that can be used in both the Windows and Linux environments.

Virtualisation technology allows more than one operating system to be run on the same machine, allowing users to decrease their hardware costs.

 

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