updated 06:55 pm EDT, Fri July 1, 2011
Virtualization previously limited to Server
Apple has reportedly modified its end-user license agreement (EULA) to enable Mac OS X Lion users to run multiple copies of the operating system on one machine. The new EULA, distributed alongside the Lion Golden Master build, is said to explicitly allow users to run up to two additional virtual copies of the operating system, without requiring additional licenses for each virtual machine.
Mac OS X Leopard first brought the ability to run virtual machines, however the feature was limited to the server edition, according to a MacRumors report. Users also had to obtain a separate license for each of the virtual machines.
Aside from the new virtualization capabilities, a separate report suggests Apple may be eliminating the welcome video for Lion. In the GM build, which has included the video in the past, users are no longer greeted with "Welcome" presented on the screen in different languages while a song plays in the background. Instead, new installs are said to transition directly to the setup assistant with an introduction to multi-tough features.