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dbrown
Jul 26, 2011

Can I virtualize Snow Leopard on Lion?

Intuit Quicken won't run on Lion (OSX 10.7). Is it possible to run Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6) in a virtual window to run this software?
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MichaelLAX
06/06/2012

1.  Intuit has released a $15 upgrade of Quicken 2007 for Lion:

 

http://quicken.intuit.com/personal-finance-software/quicken-2007-osx-lio...

 

2.  Instructions for installing Snow Leopard (and Rosetta) into Parallels 7 in Lion:

 

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439

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TomRose
05/03/2012

Yes it is possible.  Older versins of VM applications did not allow virtualized Snow Leopard (client), but Fusion 4.1 does.

 

However NOTHING IN THE LICENCE AGREEMENT FOR SNOW LEOPARD DISBARS IT FROM BEING RUN IN A VM.  The only relevant restriction in the licence is that you may run only one copy of the software on a machine.  But that can just as well be a virtualized copy running under VM, as a copy running as the native OS.  It may be that Apple disapproves, but that is just too bad.  And while we are about it, the decision of VM suppliers to prevent it, and what other licences (Snow Leopard Server licence, Lion licence) say are irrelevant.  Legally all that matters is the Snow Leopard Client Licence and that DOES NOT say that you cannot run SNow Leopard Client in VM. IN fact it does not even mention VMs

 

I can only guess that the rumour has been propagated by people that have not bothered to read the licence for themselves.

 

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TomRose
05/03/2012

Yes it is possible.  Older versins of VM applications did not allow virtualized Snow Leopard (client), but Fusion 4.1 does.

 

However NOTHING IN THE LICENCE AGREEMENT FOR SNOW LEOPARD DISBARS IT FROM BEING RUN IN A VM.  The only relevant restriction in the licence is that you may run only one copy of the software on a machine.  But that can just as well be a virtualized copy running under VM, as a copy running as the native OS.  It may be that Apple disapproves, but that is just too bad.  And while we are about it, the decision of VM suppliers to prevent it, and what other licences (Snow Leopard Server licence, Lion licence) say are irrelevant.  Legally all that matters is the Snow Leopard Client Licence and that DOES NOT say that you cannot run SNow Leopard Client in VM. IN fact it does not even mention VMs

 

I can only guess that the rumour has been propagated by people that have not bothered to read the licence for themselves.

 

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TomRose
05/03/2012

Yes it is possible.  Older versins of VM applications did not allow virtualized Snow Leopard (client), but Fusion 4.1 does.

 

However NOTHING IN THE LICENCE AGREEMENT FOR SNOW LEOPARD DISBARS IT FROM BEING RUN IN A VM.  The only relevant restriction in the licence is that you may run only one copy of the software on a machine.  But that can just as well be a virtualized copy running under VM, as a copy running as the native OS.  It may be that Apple disapproves, but that is just too bad.  And while we are about it, the decision of VM suppliers to prevent it, and what other licences (Snow Leopard Server licence, Lion licence) say are irrelevant.  Legally all that matters is the Snow Leopard Client Licence and that DOES NOT say that you cannot run SNow Leopard Client in VM. IN fact it does not even mention VMs

 

I can only guess that the rumour has been propagated by people that have not bothered to read the licence for themselves.

 

jimlynch
12/01/2011
Apparently not, according to this article.

VMware Fusion 4.1.1: No Snow Leopard client allowed!
http://37prime.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/vmware-fusion-4-1-1-no-snow-leop...

It seems stupid to me. But have you tried to run it anyway in VirtualBox? I have no idea if it would work but VirtualBox is free and open source software. Snag a copy and try it, just for the heck of it. If it works, you're golden. If not, well you didn't lose anything except a bit of time right?

https://www.virtualbox.org/
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lbloom
07/26/2011

Although Apple has changed their license agreement with Lion to allow virtualizing the OS, they have not changed it for Snow Leopard (workstation) so you cannot legally virtualize it. The server version of Snow Leopard can be virtualized.

 

In addition, the 3 virtualization tools available for OSX (VirtualBox, Fusion, and Parallels) may also need to be upgraded to support OSX 10.7 Lion. It is possible to virtualize Snow Leopard (workstation) through following a few command line steps even though that would invalidate your license.

 

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20080805081909302

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