In June 2020, Apple announced their transition to M1 Macs – powered by their own CPUs, which began shipping later that year. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that VirtualHostX is not compatible with Apple Silicon Macs.
I’ve spent the better part of the last year and a half investigating ways to bring VHX to Apple’s new machines.
Options included rebuilding VHX on top of Docker, requiring customers to pay for a third-party virtualization app such as Parallels or VMWare, or building my own virtual machine layer on top of Apple’s system frameworks.
None of those paths forward are tenable for many different reasons. As of November 24, 2021, I’m announcing that VirtualHostX is sunset as an actively developed product.
What happens next, and what does this mean for customers?
1. Your copy of VirtualHostX will continue working on Intel-based Macs.
2. No new features will be built.
3. Bug fixes will be shipped as necessary.
4. Support for future versions of macOS is not guaranteed.
5. New sales of VirtualHostX have ended.
6. Activation limits for existing customers have been removed. If you have a license for VHX, feel free to install it on as many Macs as you want. No need to purchase additional seats.
Along with the above, VirtualHostX will continue to be available for download.
As of February 1, 2022, all auto-renewing subscriptions will be stopped and you will not be billed again. Your existing license for VirtualHostX will continue working indefinitely.
With VirtualHostX being sunset, sales of its sibling apps, Hostbuddy and Hobo, are ending, too.
Thanks to everyone for your support of VirtualHostX throughout the years. Many of you have been customers for well over a decade. It’s been a privilege helping you get work done.
Existing users may download the most recent versions of VirtualHostX.
Existing users may download the most recent versions of Hostbuddy.
Existing users may download the most recent version of Hobo.