Wednesday, January 11, 2006

How long before there's an Apple Hypervisor?

One thing to note about the new Apple Intel machines is that the Yonah chipset supports VT. With Apple saying that they'll let Windows run on their hardware, the question is - will they let a third-party hypervisor run? I suspect not - especially if they are using TPM in secure startup mode. Of course, they'll first need to enable VT in whatever BIOS they're using... So will Apple produce its own hypervisor, or will it badge a third-party tool? My personal suspicion is that Apple doesn't have the skills to write it's own hypervisor (there are only a limited number of people with the deep combination of hardware internals and OS knowledge required, and they're mainly at Microsoft and VMware) that they'll announce a partnership with VMware at the WWDC. Unless Apple's been hiring the Xen dev team on the sly... Apple will quickly need to gain the high ground in managing virtualisation on their platform - as they'll need to maintain contol of OS X running as a VM. Otherwise, will Apple be the first casualty of the hypervisor wars? Technorati Tags: , , ,

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intel Macs use EFI instead of a BIOS. I imagine that changes the playing field.

1/11/2006 05:57:00 pm  
Blogger Simon Bisson said...

Intel Macs use EFI instead of a BIOS. I imagine that changes the playing field.

Not hugely - VT support still needs to be explicitly enabled, no matter how you launch the OS (or the hypervisor)

1/11/2006 05:57:00 pm  
Anonymous ssavitzky said...

Note that IBM was writing virtual machine operating systems in the 1960's. (See LJ comment.)

Also note that mny virtual machine OSs have been written by college students -- it's not that hard.

2/06/2006 02:31:00 am  

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