AAPL Stock: 109.5 ( -1.28 )

Printed from

Fusion 4.1 enables virtual Leopard, Snow Leopard clients

updated 09:30 am EST, Mon November 21, 2011

Feature discovered undocumented

VMware's Fusion 4.1 update has made an important, undocumented change, users have discovered. The software will now run virtualized Leopard and Snow Leopard clients, something that was previously blocked. The only requirement is that a user click "Continue" to assert that they have a license to run either OS on their system.

Beginning with Lion, Apple changed its licensing agreement to allow limited virtualization of OS X. The company reiterates, however, that only Lion, Leopard Server, and Snow Leopard Server can be legally virtualized. This could potentially put VMware in trouble unless it has already reached some understanding with Apple.

The main incentive to run virtualized editions of Leopard or Snow Leopard is PowerPC support. Since the PowerPC platform is no longer emulated in Lion, some legacy apps may otherwise be completely inaccessible after making the upgrade. Developers may also want an easier way of testing backwards compatibility on new apps.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Derek

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Nov 2011



    "The main incentive to run virtualized editions of Leopard or Snow Leopard is PowerPC support." ... you meant to say Leopard instead of Snow Leopard, correct?

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no correction

    Snow Leopard runs PowerPC apps (using Rosetta) just fine.

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does it run PPC apps via Rosetta as a client without hiccup?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented