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04.03.12

Links 3/4/2012: Fuduntu 2012.2, Ubuntu 12.04 CD Cover

Posted in News Roundup at 3:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Why have just one operating system

    This magic comes about by the use of “virtualisation” – which simply refers to the creation of a virtual (rather than an actual) version of something. With the right software and a reasonably powerful PC, you can build virtual “compartments” inside your computer that look and act like a whole separate machine. That allows you, for example, to run Linux and Mac on Windows, try out a new web server or run an old operating system such as DOS or OS/2, all without disturbing your current system – or having to reboot. “Guest” systems can communicate with the underlying (or “host” operating system) via shared folders, networking or the clipboard, and you can install and run as many VMs (virtual machines) as you like, with disk space and memory the only real limitation. More amazingly, the extremely clever software is open source. And that means it’s free.

    VirtualBox, from virtualbox.org, is available for Linux, Mac and Windows and requires 40-90MB of disk space depending on your operating system. There’s also an Extension Pack containing some extra goodies and an extremely detailed manual on the site.

  • Finance

    • William K. Black on the MF Global Cover-up: “All those that doeth Evil hateth the light!”

      Prof. William K. Black, you are the pre-eminent Hero of We the People in our time. You are the Man of Light, Truth, and Justice for the century. May your name ring forever in the pages of history, on a par with that of your namesake, William the Conquerer (“Johnny the Concaloo” in early R&B, you may recall), but with a higher purpose. William K. Black, you are our pre-eminent *Leader of Light*.

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