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VMware, which last year watched its stock plummet and replaced its CEO with a seasoned Microsoft executive, faces headwinds from two trends: 1) open-source virtualization offerings; and 2) free virtualization within operating systems. With that in mind, VMware today made its shrewdest possible: launching an open-source client for virtual desktops. Indeed, the VMware View Open Client may help VMware stave off competition from Microsoft, other open-source offerings, and more.