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Review: Proxmox Virtual Environment

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Proxmox VEProxmox VEProxmox VE is a “bare metal” ISO Linux distribution that is a virtual machine platform. It is geared towards enterprise users and designed to be installed on enterprise grade hardware. The Proxmox VE distribution combines two virtual machine technologies; KVM and OpenVZ as well as a web interface to manage everything. Proxmox VE also integrates into its web interface a way to manage multiple computers as a cluster. For the rest of the article Proxmox VE shall be referred to as PVE. This article is written about PVE 1.1, the latest stable release.

Report: January 2009 BozemanLUG Meeting

Brian VincentBrian VincentJust wanted to thank Brian Vincent for giving the presentation on Wine. It was very interesting to hear from someone who was a member of the project for several (five?) years.

Brian said he has been working in a Windows only shop and for the presentation he had installed Linux (Fedora 10) on his laptop for the first time in a long while. Glad to see it actually worked well.

It is nice when a presenter uses Linux to give their presentation at a Linux meeting, huh? He actually ran his slides from Powerpoint 2003 under Wine as one of several examples he gave of how well some apps work.

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Attached you will find a PDF version of his presentation. Enjoy!

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Regardless of your preferred OS, you may be familiar with Keir Thomas.

Keir Thomas has released a new book (January 2009) , Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference and interestingly a pdf version is freely available for download.

http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/download.html

I have taken a brief look at the PDF and it contains some interesting information and there are chapters on the command line interface (bash) and security, including encryption.

Enjoy :)

OpenOffice.org and Ubuntu update

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Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex didn't come with the newest version of Open Office, due to Open Office 3 not being released early enough for the developers to test it. If you don’t want to wait for the developers of Ubuntu to release Open Office 3, you can open synaptic package manager and add:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main

to your third party software sources. Then update. Worked like a charm for me.


Public Ubuntu Mirror at Montana State University

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Just thought I would let everyone know that we have a public Ubuntu mirror on the Montana State University campus Bozeman. Feel free to use it as much as you would like. The mirror server is connected directly to our backbone network with gigabit speeds. Anyone on campus and at our regional campuses (Billings, Great Falls, etc) should benefit from very fast updates as well. Anyways here is the information:

Ubuntu
rsync://mirror.msu.montana.edu/ubuntu
ftp://mirror.msu.montana.edu/ubuntu
http://mirror.msu.montana.edu/ubuntu

Ubuntu-Releases


An OpenVZ Experiment - How many containers?

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I was wondering just how many OpenVZ containers I could create on a beefy machine and how many processes the Linux kernel would be happy running so I decided to do an experiment.

I have two OpenVZ hosts... one is the primary and the other is a backup machine. Both of them are HP Proliant DL380 Gen5 machines with dual, quad-core Xeon processors, 32GB of RAM, 32GB of swap, and a 600GB /vz partition. I decided to use the backup OpenVZ machine for the experiment.


The Linux Link Tech Show Archive

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Wow, being a guest on The Linux Link Tech Show... with fantastic hosts Dann, Linc, Allan, and Pat... was great. I had a lot of fun. Yes, there were some technical problems at the beginning of the show that caused it to start a little late... and unfortunately I didn't have a way to boost my volume... and I don't know how it sounded live because I wasn't tuned into the live stream... but the archive recording isn't too bad. I'm guessing Dann cranked up the volume whenever I was talking.

For those who missed the live show, here are links to the .ogg and .mp3 archives:

tllts_278-12-17-08.ogg
tllts_278-12-17-08.mp3


What a Jerk.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28039226/?pg=7#Tech_JerkGadgets

Is this guy just an idiot? Or something more sinister, like a puppet?

Does he actually believe his own crap?

"Linux is great. It's a free, open-source operating system (OS) based on work done by Linus Torvalds in the early '90s. Again, it's free, powerful and easy to ...


Screencast: How to Build a Fedora 10 Remix

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I made a two-part screencast on how to build a Fedora Linux remix. The first video has some slides at the beginning that explains the process and then walks through it with a live demo. The second video boots the LiveDVD that was created, shows an "Install to Hard Drive" and then shows some of the features of the remix.

Why would you want to make a remix? Two common reasons:

1) You want updated install media that has all of the updates already applied. Given the fact that Fedora has a lot of package churn and a constant stream of security fixes, bug fixes and feature enhancement updates, their install media gets out of date pretty quickly. That is especially the case if you want to use an .iso image of the LiveCD media to make a LiveUSB out of.

2) You want more software included on the Live media than Fedora provides. The Fedora folks usually fill up a single CD but how about a LiveDVD with additional desktop environments, a slew of window managers, a ton of application software, and multimedia apps that Fedora won't include in the distro? That's what I make during the screencast... a custom LiveDVD with all of the updates applied and all of the additional software I want in a LiveDVD with a painless, quick install-to-hard-drive if desired.

Here is the end result. I boot the the LiveDVD image and even do an install.

You can find the full-quality Ogg Theora videos here (Right-click, Save Link As..):
fedora-10-remix.ogv (130MB)
fedora-10-remix-boot.ogv (65MB)

Screencast: A Brief Introduction to OpenVZ

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The first "Introduction to OpenVZ" screencast that I did was over 1.5 years ago and it has become somewhat outdated... so I decided to make a new one.

If desired, you may download the full-quality Ogg Theora video:
openvz-brief-intro.ogv (114MB) (Right-click, Save Link As...)

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