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Virtual Bridges Grows Worldwide Partner Ecosystem to support Virtual Desktop Offering with IBM and Canonical


Attractive Economics of Linux Desktops Drives 16 Resellers to Offer VERDE;

VERDE Now Allows Users to Access Virtual Desktop When Offline Too

Austin, TX - May 21, 2009-- Since the December 2008 announcement of IBM and Canonical teaming with Virtual Bridges to provide the company's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology as part of a Microsoft-alternative desktop offering, Virtual Bridges partner sign-ups have seen a dramatic surge.


Sixteen new partners have embraced the offering in the first quarter of 2009. These new resellers reach clients in Germany, France, England, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.  This more than doubles the partner network for Virtual Bridges offerings.


"The global recession is driving companies of all sizes to seek the cost savings that a virtual Linux desktop can provide," said Jim Curtin, president and CEO of Virtual Bridges. "The surge in our reseller ecosystem indicates that PC management has moved to the top of IT priority list. The IBM-Virtual Bridges-Canonical desktop delivers a sea-change in desktop infrastructure cost versus Microsoft products."


VERDE is Virtual Bridge's flagship Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology (VDI) solution that allows organizations of all sizes to transform the cost of desktop management and provisioning. The joint desktop combines VERDE with the world's leading desktop Linux OS, Ubuntu from Canonical, and IBM's collaboration and productivity software, Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS).


With VERDE 2.0, Virtual Bridges has added clients a major new feature -- the ability to use their virtual desktop software when they are offline.  Users can be disconnected from the Internet and still be able to use applications locally.  This expands VERDE from being VDI-only to being a true desktop management infrastructure offering. Virtual Bridges expects the retail, education, government, healthcare and transportation industries to find immediate value.


Midas Networks in Austin, Texas is now offering clients VERDE 2.0 as a hosted desktop offering. This "software as a service" offering looks like a traditional desktop but the hosted applications permit the users access their desktops on any network-connected device where ever they happen to be.


"We're seeing the move to a Linux desktop-even in a staged deployment-is highly compelling financial opportunity for companies," said Inna Kuznetsova, director of IBM Linux strategy. "Virtual Bridges' extended network of partners means that more companies around the globe can take advantage of the cost savings of virtualized PCs, centralized IT management, and open source software."



New partners reselling the virtual desktop offerings include the following:


6PAC - German-based 6PAC Consulting AG, brings people and technology together. This maxim directs their approach and services. Processes can then market and customer effectively organize, when the people, structures and supporting technologies are optimally matched. Their strength is in the competence of business solutions, system solutions and services, with the IT strategy of SMEs and large enterprises a holistic view.


ArchéTech - Rome-based ArchéTech Srl is a highly-skilled professional team of business and technical consultants operating as solution providers on the whole Enterprise resource scenario. The company offers solutions for Business Intelligence, Open Source applications, Desktop virtualization, Ubuntu desktop/server migration and customization, deploying latest-generation products aimed to cost reduction and avoidance. ArchéTech is the first Italian certified Ubuntu Solution Provider.


Cell Systems - Mexican-based Cell Systems provides network and Linux solution to provide maximum productivity in their client companies.


Cloverworks - Japan-based, Cloverworks is a technology company that provides innovative, eco-friendly secure and reliable solutions, based in open-systems, to companies of all sizes.


FedResults - U.S.-based FedResults provides innovative technology solutions that support mission-critical customer applications in government agencies and Fortune 1000 corporations.


Hermitage Solutions - Hermitage Solutions, a Hermitage Group company, is a provider of solutions for security and networking. The Group has offices in France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.


Inkululeko Technologies - Inkululeko is one of South Africa's leading open source ICT Solution Providers in the Education and Development Sectors.


KitASP - Japan-based KitASP distributes and resells of network solutions.


Lille Corp - U.S.-based, Lille Corp provides office systems technology for companies that place a premium on quality, efficiency, reliability and a positive return on investment.


Mainline Information Systems - The Mexican division of Mainline is a leader in developing solutions that address companies' major wireless network needs: high-speed access and bandwidth, security and information back-up. Mainline teams with leading network partners to deliver unified wired and wireless solutions. These solutions support real-time business applications and create a secure, mobile, interactive workplace for organizations deploying WLANs (wireless local area networks).


Midas Networks - U.S-based Midas Networks specializes in web hosting, server
co-location, IT infrastructure deployment, and managed IT services.


MobileIT - UK-based solutions provider specializing in Mobile applications through their MITS system developed specifically for schools.


NorthLan Solutions - U.S.-based, NorthLan Solutions looks for the intersection of enterprise class technologies, value and market acceptance, and strives to make these results available to medium and small business networks.  NorthLan Solutions delivers both open source and proprietary solutions, with community and commercially supported options.


ThinTeknix - Canadian-based, ThinTeknix is a system integration company with a mission to implement green computing solutions in small businesses and enterprise.  Armed with innovative technologies like thin clients / server based computing, virtualization, Ultra low power computers and cloud computing, Thinteknix aims to introduce about environmental friendly computing solutions.


TND-Solutions - Indonesian-based TND Solutions provides networking and computing solutions.


Topalis - German-based Topalis Group is an alliance of companies for providing qualified IT consulting services in numerous segments. They have a strict focus on effective advice and services in clearly defined areas.


Other major partners will be announced over the next couple of weeks.


For more information on becoming a VERDE reseller and partner, please contact Virtual Bridges at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


For more information about Win4 branded products, please visit Win4Lin Site. For more information about Virtual Bridges, Inc., please visit Virtual Bridges site.


About Virtual Bridges

Virtual Bridges, Inc. develops small and medium-business and enterprise virtualization solutions for business and education. Virtual Bridges' products are multi-platform and are aimed at businesses that want to use virtualization solutions to create sustainable business advantage.


VERDE, Win4, Win4Lin, Win4Lin, Win4BSD, and Win4Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Virtual Bridges, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Pardus 2009 Coming!

Ozgurlukicin web portal announced the Pardus 2009's release date.

Here the path for Pardus 2009:

 27 May - Alfa Version

19 June - Beta 

3 July - RC

10 July - RC2


17 July - Pardus 2009 stable! 

Pardus 2009 will use ext4 file system and kde 4 desktop env.  of course most of others will be included with latest versions(like openoffice,firefox)


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So, it is interesting to me, as the community will concern Russian-speaking users. Whether it is possible to write in Russian, or is better all to translate into English?

Mobiltux says hello world


i am new here and I hope to find peopel to take about linux and mobil devices and cell phones. Since my Sinclar ZX [Long time ago ;-) ] I like littel devices and I dislike this big, bad looking grey box named computer. Something that is possibel to have in a littel pocket and I can use alllways.

Now whith te new Generation of Cell Phones it's really near to them what i had dreamed. But was ist with Open Source Project? I like Symbian-OS, is speedy and where handish, but is not Open Source. Nokia make a something like Maemo OS, something like Google Android to make bussines. Also Linux comes more and more to make bussines. Also to produce devices it's need to have money, se Open Moko, they have Big Problems cause they have  no money.     Is a difficult thing, money and Free Software, but it's need devices for to make free software on it. Time of hacking devices for the possibility to use are finished, know Open Software is accepted.  But what will bring the future? Bussines as usally or Hello  Open World.   



Perl and World of Warcraft (WoW).

This blog will discuss how to use the Perl module Games::WoW::Armory to print both character name and current level for all members of a given guild.

The following Perl script will build a .csv file named guild.csv "," delimited  containing both character names and current level for all members of a given guild in World of Warcraft (WoW).

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

#This script will connect to the
#site and display level and name of members   #
#of a particular guild.                       #

# Load required modules.
use strict;
use Games::WoW::Armory;
use FileHandle;

#declare variables
my @name;
my @race;
my @level;
my @guild;
my @gender;
my @faction;
my @lmodified;
my @class;

# Create new Games::Wow::Armory object.
my $armory = Games::WoW::Armory->new();

$armory->search_character( { realm     => 'anvilmar',
                             character => 'draxxus',
                             country   => 'US' } );

#set characteristic to it's corresponding array
@name = $armory->character->name;
@race = $armory->character->race;
@level = $armory->character->level;
@guild = $armory->character->guildName;
@gender = $armory->character->gender;
@faction = $armory->character->faction;
@lmodified = $armory->character->lastModified;
@class = $armory->character->class;

#get guild members
my $armory2 = Games::WoW::Armory->new();
$armory2->search_guild( { realm         => 'anvilmar',
                          guild         => "@guild",
                          country       => 'US' } );

#open file handle and write character stats
my $fh = new FileHandle;
        if ($fh->open("> guild.csv")) {

# Print Character's stats.
        foreach my $member (@{$armory2->guild->members}){
        my @members = $member->name;
        print $fh $member->name;
        print $fh ",";
        print $fh $member->level;
        print $fh ",\n";

After running the script, it will create a file named guild.csv in the directory it is executed from.  Then you can open the file in spreadsheet for OpenOffice.

 Note:  The following 3 things are required to use the script:

      1.  Realm (i.e. name of server your character is on).

     2.  Guild - Name of the guild your character is a member of.

     3.  Country - The country code of the server you play on.

 Planned Improvements:  Currently, you must hard-code the realm, guild, and country code in the script.  I plan to make those command-line arguments in the future.  I also plan to be able to print more guild member stats.  As of right now, you can only print the character name and level for ALL guild members due to a limitation in the Games::WoW::Armory module.  I have an idea for a work-a-round that I think will work but haven't gotten around to coding it yet.

Disclaimer:  This blog entry comes with NO expressed warranty, guarantee, support, or maintenance of any kind!  Use at your own risk!   

Thanks for reading and happy spying on your fellow WoW guildees.


Hiring a Linux SysAdmin

I am helping with the process of finding my own replacement as I recently accepted a new position. Currently I am the only sysadmin on staff so my duties are greatly varied. Everything from the phone system to mail servers, web servers, database servers, and workstations fall under my responsibilities. I came up with some technical questions and after the first couple interviews it seems I may have over estimated things I think an admin should know.

I found this programmer competency chart that is great for programmers but I cannot find anything similar for SysAdmins.

 Id love to know how you rate your sysadmin prosptects.


Effective way to use bash scripts to run command line applications

Effective way of using bash scripts to start command line applications

Due to the fact that I use the eee PC as my means getting Linux portable, I often had to figure out ways to minimise memory and harddisk usage, so as to speed things up even more. So in this quest, I stumbled into the world of "command line Linux". It seems a little unnerving to me at first, as I considered myself an average Linux desktop user, who never ventured into DOS even back in those days when I used Windoze. But I googled and figure out a way to use command line applications, with less repetitive typing. In short, I use bash scripts.

What I do is I write a bash scripts that run a certain simple application, and I then I put the bash script as an entry in my desktop menu ( I run icewm, by the way). Just to illustrate how to do it, for other beginners. This is how I do it.

Below is a very simple bash script to connect my pc to my home network. Of course, the details of the encryption key and ESSID is fake and arbitrary. And "ath0" is my network device.

sudo ifconfig ath0 down
sudo iwconfig ath0 essid lala key 0123456789
sudo ifconfig ath0 up
sudo dhclient ath0

So I created the bash script and store the file as /home/user/, you can of course store it anywhere. Then I have to make the script executable by going to /home/user directory and "sudo chmod +x"

Then I go to "~/.icewm/menu". That's where the icewm menu settings can be made. I save the menu after I add in this new line "prog '' icon xterm -e /home/user/". I don't need an icon for this entry so the "icon" term is just arbitrary.

So that's done. When I right-click my desktop, I'll see an entry "", and when I clicked it and it autoruns the script and connects me to my home network.

1) Command line apps will use less resources then GUI apps.
2) Learn more about bash scripts and how to use the command line more effectively.
3) Uber-geekiness factor increases. Haha.

1) It takes a certain balls to try it first for a beginner.

Of course, the bash script is too simple. I have progressed and now my script allows me to key in ESSID and encryption keys to log into other familiar networks and even lists out the networks in the area for reference. Trick is "sudo iwlist ath0 scan | grep -e ESSID -e key -e Quality".
Have fun with this howto and maybe you can share your bash scripts for other tasks that you do. =)


Slackware officially goes 64bits!

Well, this is a surprise for me! one of the oldest Linux Distributions (which is also my favorite): Slackware, is getting ready to have a X86_64 (aka amd64) version at their next release, currently the 64bit version is available only at the Slackware-current branch and not intended for production use of course.

This version will be multilib which means it will include 32 and 64 bits version of the libraries, contrary to the polemic Bluewhite64 Slackware port which only uses 64 bit libraries.

It will be very interesting what does this means for the unofficial Slackware ports around there and mostly for Slamd64 which was the first 64bit port of Slackware.



Like this idea

This is my first writing to the community blog, I havn't known what it will look like after published, but I like this idea. The community blog idea. A community needs to blog itself!

First, let me introduce myself. I am a young linux hacker lived in Shenzhen, China. Here is also many people love linux and get gatherings peiodically or unperiodically, there are always some  just Linux distro hackers, try a distobution for curiosity and adventure, and may choose another after months, those freshmen! And there're also some ones like me, programmers, or deep hackers, I am a linux kernel hacker, I've contributed some kernel patches and I will contribute more, I love the kernel hacking. In some gathering we just play some distros, while in others we program together. I think I should and I will report those interesting events here.

Then let's look what it will look like, Let it rip!

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