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[News] Virtual Linux Enjoys Improvements, Brings Big Contracts

  • Subject: [News] Virtual Linux Enjoys Improvements, Brings Big Contracts
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:39:19 +0000
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VirtualBoxâs Seamless Mode: Combine Two Operating Systems Into One Desktop

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| Installing two operating systems at the 
| same time isnât just possible; it can also 
| be downright slick. Whether youâre a Mac 
| user looking to occasionally use a given 
| Windows application or someone looking for 
| a risk-free way to try out different Linux 
| versions, VirtualBox is the go-to freeware 
| platform for virtualization. This program 
| allows you to run any operating system in a 
| contained, emulated environment.
| [...]
| Seamless mode is a slick, underexplored 
| feature of VirtualBox. Itâs fit into my 
| workflow on a regular basis, and can work 
| wonders for anyone who needs to run two 
| systems at once for any reason.


Virtual Linux

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| There are a number of different ways of 
| looking at what makes up virtual Linux for 
| a server. There's the budget friendly 
| virtual private server (running Linux) that 
| provides users with their own 
| compartmentalized quasi-dedicated server 
| for website use. And then there is a true 
| virtual server in which you have a load 
| balancer that distributes calls to the 
| virtual server by splitting up the load to 
| a number of "real" servers.
| The first example above is much like a 
| virtualized installation of desktop Linux. 
| The defining difference is that it's 
| designed to emulate a full-blown server, 
| rather than simply catering to the needs of 
| a single desktop user. This has been known 
| to provide cost savings in various ways.


Swedes serve up flicks with KVM

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| Take Swedish on-demand movie and TV show streaming service 
| Voddler, which launched last July. The company put together 
| a mix of Windows and Ubuntu servers running without any kind 
| of virtualization on the machines, which currently serve up 698
| movies, episodes from 168 TV shows and 188 documentaries, most of
| which are supported through advertising running in the Voddler 
| client. From July 2009 through January 2010, Voddler grew to 400,000 
| users and has streamed more than one million videos to customers. This
| is clearly the kind of fast-growing workload where server virtualization 
| is a must, just to help handle the system and application administration.



Ulteo Virtual Desktop: Letting Linux Do Windows

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| While Test Center reviewers with Linux knowledge didn't really see the
| usefulness of the application, others with limited familiarity were wowed by
| it. The biggest value of the Ulteo Virtual Desktop is in letting newcomers to
| Linux get acquainted with it in a comfortable, Windows environment. All of
| the included applications are integrated seamlessly, with easy access to the
| Desktop and My Documents folders, as well as network connectivity. Similar to
| the KDE layout, the Ulteo Virtual Desktop's interface is easy to navigate and
| the included array of graphics viewers and editors, multimedia players,
| office-based programs, and utilities are intuitive to those unfamiliar with
| them. Mozilla's FireFox Web browser and ThunderBird mail client are the
| default, as is the Kopete IM client.
| Considering that this is not even a version 1 beta, we have high hopes for
| Ulteo Virtual Desktop. It allows Linux novices to dip their toes into the
| water without any fear, and lets Linux pros use their favorite applications
| when they are forced to be in a Windows environment.

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