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The open-vm-tools project consists of a set of open-sourced applications and drivers that are intended to enrich the experience of working with a virtualized guest operating system. As they were originally derived from the VMware Tools, the open-vm-tools currently function under a VMware hypervisor for x86 and x86_64 VMs, but there is definite interest to extend that support to other hypervisors and architectures.
Some of the features include:
At the time of writing, the codebase is intended for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris guests, though it should be portable to other POSIX-compliant guests as well.
In this talk, we will start with a very brief overview of virtualizing guest operating systems. The body of the talk will describe the ways that open-vm-tools provides improvements in performance, functionality, and user experience. We will also describe ongoing efforts towards integrating these tools with linux distributions for better “out-of-the-box” experience. Finally, we will close with an outline of the status of open-vm-tools as a project, and how interested users may contribute to the project.
Adar has been a VMware employee for about 2.5 years, working primarily on the VMware Tools. His FOSS activity has primarily revolved around the open-vm-tools project, though he did help develop a filesystem for the Linux kernel.