VMware (Quote) has released "a majority" of its VMware Tools as open source software. The announcement, part of the company's Open Virtual Machine Tools (Open-VM-Tools) project, was made Tuesday at its VMworld conference in San Francisco.
The company said VMware Tools is a set of guest operating system virtualization components designed to improve the performance and management of VMware virtual machines.
The source code of Open-VM-Tools, hosted at Sourceforge, enables Linux vendors to integrate open source VMware Tools into upcoming versions of their operating systems.
Stephen Herrod, VMware's vice president of technology development, said the Open-VM-Tools project will improve customers' ability to use the latest and diverse guest operating systems, as well as pave the way for a wide variety of virtual appliances.
VMware said it's working with operating system vendors, including Novell, Red Hat and Ubuntu, to integrate the tools into their operating system installation processes.
Holger Dyroff, vice president of SUSE Linux Enterprise product management at Novell, said VMware is helping his company provide a best-in-class enterprise virtualization operating system.
"Being able to package and bundle Open Virtual Machine Tools as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise will provide our mutual customers a more seamless and better supported platform for virtualization," he said in a statement.