At a recent Apple training event the VMware Fusion team was presenting at, there was an interesting (if geeky) question asked: can you use VMware Fusion to run an OPENSTEP virtual machine?
For those who don’t know, OPENSTEP was an operating system built on the OpenStep API specification, which was itself a collaboration between NeXT and Sun Microsystems.
The long and the short of it was that this old school Apple systems engineer wanted to know if he could get OPENSTEP up and running on his VMware Fusion install. I told him I didn’t know, but that I would do my best to find out.
So, it turns out he’s not the only person interested in doing this. Although OPENSTEP is not a supported guest operating system in VMware Fusion, and doesn’t have VMware Tools that are specific to it, a user named “jeffberg” on the NeXTcomputers.org forums has done everyone a favor by documenting exactly how to get this up and running. You can find that thread here.
There are also some interesting threads in the VMware Fusion forums talking about how modify display settings, make the system clock behave better and how to make the system clock sync for non-supported OSes (of which, OPENSTEP is one).
Please note: This is some pretty technical stuff, but because I had already done the legwork, and know that VMware Fusion has some pretty technical fans, it would be remiss to not share this.