Newsflash - I just got a note from Karen Bartleson at Synopsys letting me know that the VMM is now available for download under an Apache 2.0 open source license! This is good news - for months the debate between OVM and VMM has been centered around the licensing terms required for each. Now we can focus on the actual technical differences between the libraries. I'm also hoping that it won't be long before we see new simulator versions from Cadence, Mentor, and Synopsys that can read both libraries (given the interest each vendor will have in stealing away customers from one another). This should certainly add some spice to the work of the Accellera VIP TSC!
Also, on another interesting note, I just noticed today that Janick Bergeron of VMM fame has now started his very own blog, Verification Martial Arts. Welcome to the blogosphere, Janick! Now we just need to get some folks from Mentor and Cadence blogging and we can have all sorts of fun :-).