Mac OS X Lion Allows Virtualized Installs

Apple is licensing Mac OS X Lion so that it can be installed into a virtualized environment. How great is that! Here is Daniel Jalkut explaining the code the implements the licensing rule. It makes the geek in me smile.

Perhaps the most heartwarming bit of code in this relatively complex document is a small function call from the start of the test for whether the install should be allowed on this computer:

function isSupportedPlatform{
if isVirtualMachine {
return true;

It has already been announced that Lion 10.7 will finally support virtualization, e.g. with the use of products such as VMWare or Parallels. This install-time test seems to drive home how true that is.

via Red Sweater Blog – Get Lion.

Posted on July 20, 2011, in Macintosh and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Mac OS X Lion Allows Virtualized Installs.

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