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VMware Fusion, Workstation now free for home use, subscription-only for businesses

VMware Fusion, Workstation now free for home use, subscription-only for businesses

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Broadcom’s acquisition of VMware last year has led to widespread upheaval at the company, including layoffs, big changes to how it approaches software licensing, and general angst from customers and partners. Broadcom also discontinued the free-to-use version of VMware’s vSphere Hypervisor, also known as ESXi, earlier this year, forcing home users to find alternatives.

But today there’s a bit of good news—for home users, at least. Broadcom is making VMware Fusion Pro 13 and VMWare Workstation Pro free for personal use.

Fusion Pro and Workstation Pro certainly aren’t the only free-to-use virtualization products—VirtualBox has existed for years, and there are many indie projects that make use of Apple’s virtualization frameworks for macOS. But VMware’s products are a bit more polished and easier to learn than some of those alternatives, and VMware’s file formats are also commonly used when redistributing virtual machines for retrocomputing purposes.

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