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Why Not Virtual XP on Ubuntu?

Posted by J Powers at 11:57 PM on May 4, 2009

Last week Microsoft announced the upcoming Windows7 will have a Virtual XP option. You will then be able to use programs that do not work in the new OS.  So why shouldn’t Ubuntu do the same?

XP In UbuntuQEMU is a Open Source Machine Emulator. It is set so you can install another OS on a virtual window in Ubuntu. You can put on another instance – maybe an earlier version of Ubuntu or any version of Microsoft software.

So instead of upgrading to Windows7, you can install the Linux based Operating System, then put on an instance of XP to run programs. It will then allow you to finally have both systems for the full experience.

Of course, if you do this, your XP copy should be a legal one.  But if you were not moving your Office to Ubuntu because there were some programs that don’t work in that system, now you don’t have any excuse. Not all machines would get that virtual machine – only the ones that need XP functionality.

The best part is you get an OS, OpenOffice and a whole host of products to get business done.

Will Linux Ever Be a Contender?

Posted by susabelle at 1:46 AM on August 15, 2008

I read an article earlier this week saying that Linux sees a Windows Free world. Well if that’s true, I would have to wonder what people would go to, because Linux is not it. At least, not now.

Now before you chastise, remember – Linux is at 2% market share and although annalists say its growing, it’s doing it very slowly. Also, Linux took a blow from programs like OLPC when they moved to Microsoft because Linux was “too confusing”. The worst comes from those who want to use it, but end up going back to Microsoft.

I have heard a few stories from non-techie friends that say they installed Linux (a flavor of Ubuntu to be exact), but then found it to be too confusing and un-installed it. I agree with them – there are too many items that you have to install after the fact to make it run. A good example is the network card. If it supports your card then there is no problem. However, if it doesn’t – plan to spend some time getting it installed.

It doesn’t make sense. A free OS should mean more users, right? Not always. While it may be free, if you can’t figure it out, it will be more of a hindrance then a help. And there is no support – at least non-conventional support. I think people want to have that Helpdesk number so they can complain if things don’t work.

I really want to see Linux become a rival to Microsoft and Apple. Make Microsoft realize that they can’t put out Operating Systems that have a major disapproval rating and make Apple realize that being proprietary is not as profitable.

Even with IT professionals, a lot of them don’t even touch the OS. After all, if you live in a Microsoft world, and don’t use Linux, then why learn about it?

This can all change with future releases of the OS. A system that can accept and adjust to your hardware is key in giving the user a warm environment to work in. Linux will have the same “32 to 64 bit” growing pain that Microsoft has. If that transition is smoother on Linux, people will realize it and gravitate.

I also think putting a $25 tag and offering help through a phone number might just sway people in their direction. It would still be affordable and they would get someone to work with them in getting the system going.

Only time will tell who is on top in 5 or 10 years. I really do hope Linux can make a dent in the war, but they really have a lot of work to do to accomplish that. For now, it’s still a Microsoft world.

Linus Frustrated by Linux Developers

Posted by todd at 8:02 AM on October 10, 2007

Linus Torvalds has apparently been frustrated with the collective approach to producing code, with a group of security researchers.  According to the security researchers nothing less than perfect security is acceptable, and they believe that having multiple security options means that a security module manager (LSM) cannot be removed, which is a theoretical security hole.

This is always a problem with development teams, when you spend a lot of effort and brain power coming up with a solution to a problem it is natural to get emotionally invested in it.  These type of fights tend to be inevitable at this point.  I am expecting that there will be some FUD flying after this about the ‘dangers of open source development, but in reality I view this as a example of strength in the model.

All development groups (and I mean all) have these arguments, the only difference with this one is that it is in the open.  In these situations a good leader is needed to make what is the optimal decision with no perfect answer and Linus is doing this admirably.  Sometimes the ‘boffins’ need a reality check as well.  This is a common and healthy development process, and the fact that it occurs under public scrutiny means the person making the decision knows that they are publicly responsible.  I much prefer this method than the politically expedient method that is more likely if the decision is behind closed doors.

If you are interested in the complete email chain its here.  Turn your geek dial up to 11 before attempting it though.

Five Steps to a more Secure SSH!

Posted by geeknews at 2:45 PM on October 31, 2006

If you have dedicated servers and are slightly inexperienced in setting them up and securing them. Here is an article that should help you out. []

I hate Linux sometimes I really do!

Posted by todd at 1:20 AM on October 11, 2006

LinuxYou know what makes me mad about Linux is that what works on one operating system will not work on another. Take for tonight as an example. I have a new backup server running Fedora Core 4 that I am configuring that will have a mirror setup of the server that this domain runs under.

I have never setup a Mirror on my own, and have been having fun getting it ready until tonight. Well I was ready to do a rsync and found a great tutorial on it. All goes well till I get to the point of running rsync on the mirror box. I run the rsync command with all the variables, it connects with the master box, the master box gives the response it should, I enter the password for the user and bam “Permission Denied

Ok I think what the heck did I do wrong, so I cross check passwords, triple check passwords look at dir/user permissions everything is perfect and guess what. It still is flipping me the bird.

Linux will never ever ever ever ever ever grow out of being a geek operating system! So what to do? Well tomorrow I will call my buddy who is a guru and say what did I do wrong. Invariably he will spend about a hour on it, and we will find out that something stupid prevented it to work.

It is times like these at 8:10pm Hawaiian Standard Time that I hate Linux.

Why you should use Linux

Posted by geeknews at 11:36 PM on August 10, 2006

This is a late post no matter where you live. East coast or West Coast. I have been working for quite awhile today and just got the chance to sit down. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to write about today, mostly beause the news is slow. I decided to plead my case for Linux. I have a two hard drive system in a pc that is quite old. It is the one that I run Vista on. I have Linux installed (Fedora Core 5) as well and get really good use out of it. The great thing about it is the abilities at the command line and running languages and databases. As you know I am not a big Windows fan. I think even the development tools, which by the way cost an arm and a leg to purchase, are so filled to thr brim with useless code to start and it just gives you that sour taste right off the bat. Whatever happened to the simple way of coding out your application and debugging it? Granted that method is still used, Microsoft just clutters it. I listen to another podcast where the host is an .NET developer. He has a great show and does not like to complain about Microsoft, and in fact defends them. I do not mind this, and in fact I find the show very interesting. No matter what you say using Linux or UNIX is something that just doesn’t compare. The Open Source environment as a whole provides the computer world with the great technologies of today. BSD UNIX is what Mac OS X uses under the hood. Yes, Apple uses open source projects in their code. Linux gives you the option of a desktop interface. A recommendation for the graphical based users SUSE 10.1. Their desktop environment is set up in a nice clean manner allowing the user to navigate easier. Check out for information about SUSE 10.1. You should use Linux because it is more secure than Windows and you don’t have to pay to use the OS or the software on it. Check out my blog tomorrow I will have other information regarding Linux and UNIX. Have a goodnight everyone!

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Linux Media Center

Posted by geeknews at 11:39 AM on January 14, 2006

Pretty good article on getting the underpinnings of a Linux Media Center put together. []