so, FreeBSD on VMware is dead, right?

Robert Watson rwatson at
Wed Jan 25 11:01:47 UTC 2012

On Sat, 21 Jan 2012, Michael Scheidell wrote:

> I reached out to a high level sr engineer at VMware and told him there was a 
> lot of companies using FreeBSD on VMware, and a lot more that would, if just 
> VMware gave us some love (fixed, or helped us fix some device drivers).
> He asked "how many"?
> Well, I sure can't go back to him and tell him that there was only one 
> company who contacted me back who said that they used VMware in production 
> systems, with FreeBSD guest os.
> If there isn't anyone else with VMware problems, and I really want to be 
> clear:  VMware is a 'for profit' company, so, small numbers won't impress 
> them, but if there are any companies (aside from the one that contacted me.. 
> you don't have to again, I have your email).
> If no one else, I'll call him back on the phone and apologize for bothering 
> him.
> I was really hoping to get some of the virtual nic issues, and hgfs issues 
> worked out, but, I guess there isn't enough commercial interest.

Hi Michael:

I can't speak to your specific experience, but I do know that some VMWare folk 
contacted the FreeBSD release engineering team late in the 9.0 cycle to ask 
whether the ISO images appearing on our FTP site were the final versions they 
should use for qualification work or not.  We advised them to wait until the 
release announcement was out, just in case.


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