Vmware vSphere 4.1 update 1 is out!

February 11, 2011

Got an email from VMware support about the release of 4.1 U1 today. Anyone else going to update?


VMware Server 2.0 Beta is out!

November 14, 2007

Vmware 2.0 Server Beta is now out for public consumption.

I’ve just installed it on my personal pc, I’ll need to post later on what I think about it, but I know it lacks a standard GUI  client and the new client is web-based.  More to come later!



Deep Freeze for Linux Officially Launches!

July 17, 2007

Deep Freeze Logo

DP Logo

Today I got this email from Faronics that they have officially launched a Deep Freeze product for Linux – well specifically Suse Linux today. Here is the blurb off there site:

Deep Freeze Linux brings absolute system protection to Linux environments

Deep Freeze Linux allows administrators to leverage the strengths of Linux with the ease of use that they have grown to love in Deep Freeze. Deep Freeze Linux provides a completely non-restrictive working environment where there is no need to be concerned about system damage or corruption; a simple restart eradicates all changes and ensures that the standard system configuration is available at all times.

All changes to a machine are temporary for that working session. The need for IT professionals to perform rebuilds, re-image, or troubleshoot computers is eliminated, resulting in a reduction in IT expenditures and an increase in computer uptime.

Offering a similar feature set as Deep Freeze Standard, Deep Freeze Linux requires SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 with the ext2 or ext3 file system running on IDE and SATA hard drives, and the KDE or GNOME desktop environments.

Protection and Security

    • Guarantees 100% workstation recovery on restart
    • Provides password protection and complete security
    • Protects multiple hard drives and partitions

Configuration Options

    • Supports installation via command line or YaST
    • Stealth Mode allows Deep Freeze Linux to run without user awareness

Control and Flexibility

    • Selectively Freeze or Thaw fixed hard disk partitions
    • Deep Freeze Linux can be remotely managed via command line or through several desktop management solutions

You’ll have to visit the site for screenshots of the interface.

This is a perfect solution in providing a Linux system that would be protected by malicious users in a kiosk or computer lab situation. We use Centurion Guard for Windows, and it saves us a lot of work. I would expect the same for Deep Freeze.



Delivery from Ubuntu!

July 3, 2007


Well, it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been busy, and distracted due to personal reasons and work, but today I got a package in the mail which I ordered a while back from Canonical. Just wanted to share : P



Yeah that’s my messy desk at work!



Everybody, Have a Happy 4th of July!


Is the Web OS really next generation?

June 20, 2007


I stumbled upon this post and have to put in my two cents on the matter of an web os being the next generation. It’s been talked about back during the dotcom days (1999) and it never really got off the ground due to the so-so user experience and of course the “Dot-Com Bubble”. As an ex-avid user of the now extinct – myinternetdesktop.com – despite it’s impressive capabilities at the time, it was far from being comparable to an OS. There were also other online OS’s but they very similar in experience. If your curious what MID was about check out this shell of what it use to be.

Now, I have to admit that new technologies might change what we see in the very near future, but I think the responsiveness and the rich experience of an actual OS will remain dominant for quite a while. I think the Steve Job & Gates interview during the All Things D is a good example. Steve Jobs noted that the Google Maps application on the iPhone blew away the Google folks when they used it on a more rich client. I agree that rich clients using web services like Steve Jobs stated is definitely the way things are going to go.

Another thing is how we are going to interact with computers or devices will be changing, as we see at home with the Nintendo Wii, Apple iPhone, the post-pc device and in industry – Jeff Hans Multi-touch, Microsoft Surface. I think this emerging level of experience can’t be replaced by any browser.

Ok, I got that off my chest.