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Mac OS X Lion Permits Multiple Virtual Copies On One Machine

Apple’s soon to be released Mac OS X Lion will come with desktop virtualisation options for its users.

According to an article on Mac Rumors, the Gold Master version of Lion released to developers recently allows users to run up to two additional copies of Lion on the same machine without paying additional licensing fees.

“(iii) to install, use and run up to two (2) additional copies or instances of the Apple Software within virtual operating system environments on each Mac Computer you own or control that is already running the Apple Software,” read Apple’s end user agreement for Lion.

The virtualisation functionality was first introduced by Apple in the server version of Mac OS X.

“[The 2007 Mac OS X 10.5 Server EULA] permits OS X Server to run in a virtual machine (VM) as long as each VM is stocked with a different license and the physical system is Apple-made,” Apple said at that time.

Users were able to tap into the functionality using desktop virtualisation tools like VMware Fusion and Parallels.

With Lion, Apple plans to integrate the Mac OS X Server functionality into the new operating system. Apple plans to sell Mac OS X Server as an add-on available for download from the Mac App Store for Lion.