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Convergence and the Mobile Desktop

For years I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of 'Ubuntu Edge' or some similarly convergent distribution of Linux capable of running my Android applications as well as a full Linux desktop.

 

The idea of docking my smartphone (now phablet) to get a full Linux desktop including all the applications I am accustomed to using with all the responsiveness and flexibility that we have come to expect from mature distributions such as we get currently from the open source community, is from a business perspective, the return on investment that is necessary when investing into ever more expensive technology.

Consider the cost of a laptop, tablet, and desktop in addition to the smartphone and game console we already own. Whatever your personal mix, these technologies are already blurring the lines between themselves. To bring Linux mainstream has proven a challenge in the last decades, and in my personal opinion it is because Linux has failed to differentiate itself as the innovative leader it could or should be.

Here is an opportunity to leap ahead of the competition and get to market with a fully interoperable smartphone/phablet/tablet OS that brings the flexibility of Linux/Android to the existing hardware (HD/4K anyone?) that we own.

 

Enterprises are Moving to the Cloud

Cloud computing is growing rapidly. Businesses are moving to the cloud at an ever-increasing rate for many reasons. The agile ability to access applications from anywhere, anytime is a huge advantage for professionals. Dramatic cost savings are achieved by eliminating expensive hardware and software purchases, upkeep, and IT staff funding. Budgets are even improved by a reduction in overall power and utility bills when switching to the cloud. Many companies who have yet to make the switch are wondering if it will be worthwhile for them to consider.

Microsoft has recently announced that they will be ending support for the Server 2003 operating system. While this did not come as a shock to most, it most certainly served as a wake-up call. There are an estimated 2.6 million hot closets housing a Server 2003 operating system in businesses around the globe, and all will need to migrate over the next 8 months. The businesses will be faced with the decision: purchase brand new expensive hardware or look for an alternative solution at a much more affordable monthly rate. Cloud adoption is expected to climb dramatically during this time period as the hosted solution is more and more feasible, reliable, and secure.

As more and more businesses adopt cloud hosting services, studies and surveys are being conducted to determine satisfaction rates. Software as a Service (Saas) implementation is a huge decision for a company to make and therefore professionals are looking for the opinions of others who have already made the move. TechRepublic recently conducted a study of existing SaaS users, and the results were staggering. 91% of professionals surveyed report that their cloud computing solutions have either met or exceeded expectations.

These results are quite encouraging for businesses of all sizes who are considering making the move to the cloud. Software hosting is proving to be just as advertised and is benefiting businesses across the board. Many versions of business critical applications are available in the cloud. From SAP to your CRM of choice, QuickBooks hosting or Sage 50 hosting, all enterprise apps imaginable can be found in the cloud. This new data should help professionals make the decision to adopt a hosted software platform for their company's applications and data.

 

New computing centers for Afghanistan with UCS

The center for international and intercultural communication (ZiiK) at the Technical University Berlin (TU) is dedicated to offering students from developing countries long-term perspectives focussing hereby on sustainable help in information technology.

Since 2002, Dr. Nazir Peroz, born in Afghanistan and Director of the Ziik, supervised the setup of new IT centers in five Afghan universities with the use of open source software. “From the beginning, our aim was always to create something that will continue to help Afghanistan in the long term as well, something which opens up perspectives for the future for the nation, and offers the people hope”, explained Peroz. “The IT sector is ideal for achieving these goals because it is indispensable for modern economy on the one hand and requires lower investments in hardware than other branches of trade on the other.”

When the team arrived in Kabul first in 2002, the situation was dreadful. After decades of war and the tyranny of the Taliban, there was not much of the academic education system left. In the whole of the capital’s college there were just a handful of old computers, some of which didn’t even work anymore. When establishing the computer centers, the Germano-Afghan project employed Open Source software right from the start. “Naturally, the license costs were the most important reason for choosing Open Source software”, said Daniel Tippmann, Project Planner and Coordinator at the ZiiK.

As to the operating system to use, the team wanted a system, which puts the Afghan staff in a position to perform all the necessary work with as little training as possible and if possible without our support. Over the years, the ZiiK team and its Afghan partners tried out numerous different operating systems, primarily different Linux distributions. The youngest of the computer centers, the IT Center Kandahar (ITCQ), was the first to set up all the servers on the basis of Univention Corporate Server (UCS), which proved to be the best for them in terms of ease of use, flexibility and scope of action due to its App Center, which offers the installation and integration of numerous other proven open source solutions. Until the end of 2015, the other four universities will follow and migrate completely to UCS.

More information at: IT for Afghanistan: German project supports the training of young IT professionals

 

Introduction of Huawei SSR1PCXLL401 board

SSR1PCXLL401 is a SDH service board which serve in Huawei OSN 1500B equipment. You could discover several names of this board, these are SSR1PCXLL4, SSR1PCXLL401, SSRD0PCXL411. In fact they describe the same item and you can use any name of it to search on the internet. Many professional HUAWEI transmission product suppliers buy this board such as thunder-link international. Reports various alarms and performance events, which facilitates the management and maintenance of the equipment. Four parts compose of SSR1PCXLL401, namely, SDH Processing Unit whose function is transmits and receives 1xSTM-1/STM-4/STM-16 optical signals; SCC Unit works on Configures and monitors services, monitors the service performance,and collects the information about the performance events and alarms; Cross-Connect Unit includes Higher order cross-connect capacity: 60(Gbit/s); Lower order cross-connect capacity: 20(Gbit/s), which matters a lot to the customers; the forth one Clock Unit provides the standard system synchronization clock. The SSR1PCXLL401 is available in one functional version, that is R1. It is used in the OSN 1500B Transmits and receives 1xSTM-1/STM-4/STM-16 optical signals. It converts the received optical signals into electrical signals and sends the electrical signals to the cross-connect side. In addition, it also converts the electrical signals sent from the cross-connect side into optical signals and transmits the optical signals. The SSR1PCXLL401 could be installed in slots 4 and 5 in the subrack. By default, slot 4 is the slot for the working board, and slot 5 is the slot for the protection board. The feature code 401 of the SSR1PCXLL401 indicates the type of optical interface is S-4.1. Some parameters that differ from the series board of SSR1PCXLL401 can be referred as follows: (S-4.1) , its transmission distance is 2 ~ 15 km; (L-4.1 ), 20~40km; (L-4.2), 50~80km and (Ve-4.2 ), 50~100km.
 

Password Management Market Trends and Forecast 2014

Password Management Market

Passwords act as the authentication tool and a defense against attempts of unauthorized access. Password management has emerged as a major segment of identity management market. Human generated passwords are often algorithmically weak and prone to attacks. In the recent years, the importance of password management (also known as sensitive or shared password management or password vaulting) has grown enormously for both the enterprise and individual users owing to increased number of password secured accounts including financial, social, and official, among others. It is difficult for users or enterprise to remember all the passwords. Rise in the complexity and number of complex systems being deployed across the organizations, and strict compliance requirements and rules for generating and changing passwords makes it complicated to manage the passwords. Further, the password management problems often cause expensive delays and loss of productivity. Such issues are easily solved while using password management solutions.

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Moreover, increased instances of attacks by hackers have increased concerns toward password security and this is helping in growing demand for password management solutions. The password management products and solutions are deployed either on-premise environment or in hosted environment over cloud. The rapidly growing cloud market presents a great opportunity in the hosted password management market.

Low success of password self-service projects among end-users until now is a key concern among industry players. However, as the awareness toward the benefits of deploying such a model is increasing it is anticipated that self-service solutions would find increasing demand during the coming years. Also, growing customization, synchronization, and extension requirements are driving the demand for more extensive and sophisticated password management solutions. In order to provide improved password management and security to account, industry players such as Microsoft and Google are offering newer ways for managing passwords such as USB tokens and automatic encrypted solutions.

Two major segments of password management market are privileged password management and self services password management. Self service password management provides features such as management and resetting of passwords to the employees without needing the help of helpdesks. This helps in saving the valuable time of the IT personnel and reduces cost. The privileged password management solutions offer higher security to passwords by maintaining the passwords of privileged users deploying various methods including frequent randomization of passwords, automated password resets and privileged session recording. Key end-use sectors in this market include banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), telecom and IT, energy and utility, public sector, manufacturing, education, healthcare and life sciences, education and retail and distribution, among others.

 

Brief Introduction of Huawei SSR2PD1A Board

The SSR2PD1A is a PDH processing board which adds tributary signals to line signals and drops tributary signals to line signals. This board has another name, SSR2PD1A01, so that you can use different names to search at Thunder-link.com which sells various transmission boards including SSR2PD1A. Thus you will enjoy your shopping tour at that site.

Huawei SSR2PD1A board

The SSR2PD1A can be used on the OptiX OSN1500B equipment to transmit/receive process 32xE1 signals. The series of PD1 is available in two functional versions, namely, R1 and R2. The difference between the two versions is with regard to their function: R2PD1supports the PRBS test in the tributary direction and in the cross-connect direction in the normal mode or MUX mode and does not support the PRBS test in the Server mode; The R1PD1 supports the PRBS test in the tributary direction and in the cross-connect direction and does not support the CRC function, but the R2PD1 supports the CRC function. The R1PD1A can be replaced with the R2PD1A when the required conditions are met. So you should pay attention to the difference.

In the case of SSR2PD1A of OptiX OSN 1500B equipment, it must be used with the D75S, D12S, or D12B. In the OptiX OSN 1500B sub-rack, the slots valid for the SSR2PD1A01 vary with the cross-connect capacity of the sub-rack. When the cross-connect capacity is 20 Gbit/s, the PD1 can be installed in divided slots 1–3, 6–8, and 11–13.The valid slots of SSR2PD1A are slot 1, 2 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17.

The feature code of the SSR2PD1A indicates the type of interface impedance. The relationship between the feature code of the PD1 and the type of interface impedance is: the feature code of SSR2PD1A and SSR1PD1 is A01; Type of Interface Impedance is 75-ohm.

Huawei transmission boards own a good word-of-mouth and a large scale market in the overseas. With the rapid development of the society and economy, the prospect of this field will be better and better. What’s more, SSR2PD1A will play a duteous board, service the people and society.

 

A Bash Script to Install/Upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.16.3 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

The Linux Kernel 3.16.3 is now available for the users, announced Linus Torvalds. This Linux Kernel version comes with plenty of fixes and improvements. The following BASH script, when executed, despite of the system architecture (valid only for i386, i686 and x86_64 based systems), installs Linux kernel 3.16.3 in your Linux systems.

Read more at YourOwnLinux

 

Scripting made fun

I have never been a fan of programming or scripting. Thought is was a skill I was unable to learn. When learning to administer a Linux system, scripting can not be avoided.

One of the skills every sysAdmin must learn is scripting. The benefit of scripting is to automate a task or job that is constantly run every time a system is running. A sysAdmin can make that job run on its own and concentrate on other tasks that are not so easily automated. These scripts are either written using a text editor, the shell, or, scripting language.

I was not automating anything, just getting used to writing scripts. When I was studying "Linux essentials" in preparation for the Linux certification, I was practicing passing variable values. That is, printing the value of one of my system's default variables. I had a crazy thought. What if I actually ran a script using a variable. I soon learned, Linux is what you make of it.

There are default variables already set on a Linux system. To find what these variables are, you simply type this command in a shell or terminal emulator, “printenv”

This is a screen shot of the default variables on my Linux Mint 17 system.

XDG_VTNR=7

SSH_AGENT_PID=1808

XDG_SESSION_ID=c1

TERM=xterm

SHELL=/bin/bash

XDG_SESSION_COOKIE=9f6e6efa3c8a79091dbec7c85403e053-1410643266.227255-1746036259

WINDOWID=35651588

GNOME_KEYRING_CONTROL=/run/user/1000/keyring-ccaIQh

USER=x

LS_COLORS=rs=0:di=01;34:ln=01;36:mh=00:pi=40;33:so=01;35:do=01;35:bd=40;33;01:cd=40;33;01:or=40;31;01:su=37;41:sg=30;43:ca=30;41:tw=30;42:ow=34;42:st=37;44:ex=01;32:*.tar=01;31:*.tgz=01;31:*.arj=01;31:*.taz=01;31:*.lzh=01;31:*.lzma=01;31:*.tlz=01;31:*.txz=01;31:*.zip=01;31:*.z=01;31:*.Z=01;31:*.dz=01;31:*.gz=01;31:*.lz=01;31:*.xz=01;31:*.bz2=01;31:*.bz=01;31:*.tbz=01;31:*.tbz2=01;31:*.tz=01;31:*.deb=01;31:*.rpm=01;31:*.jar=01;31:*.war=01;31:*.ear=01;31:*.sar=01;31:*.rar=01;31:*.ace=01;31:*.zoo=01;31:*.cpio=01;31:*.7z=01;31:*.rz=01;31:*.jpg=01;35:*.jpeg=01;35:*.gif=01;35:*.bmp=01;35:*.pbm=01;35:*.pgm=01;35:*.ppm=01;35:*.tga=01;35:*.xbm=01;35:*.xpm=01;35:*.tif=01;35:*.tiff=01;35:*.png=01;35:*.svg=01;35:*.svgz=01;35:*.mng=01;35:*.pcx=01;35:*.mov=01;35:*.mpg=01;35:*.mpeg=01;35:*.m2v=01;35:*.mkv=01;35:*.webm=01;35:*.ogm=01;35:*.mp4=01;35:*.m4v=01;35:*.mp4v=01;35:*.vob=01;35:*.qt=01;35:*.nuv=01;35:*.wmv=01;35:*.asf=01;35:*.rm=01;35:*.rmvb=01;35:*.flc=01;35:*.avi=01;35:*.fli=01;35:*.flv=01;35:*.gl=01;35:*.dl=01;35:*.xcf=01;35:*.xwd=01;35:*.yuv=01;35:*.cgm=01;35:*.emf=01;35:*.axv=01;35:*.anx=01;35:*.ogv=01;35:*.ogx=01;35:*.aac=00;36:*.au=00;36:*.flac=00;36:*.mid=00;36:*.midi=00;36:*.mka=00;36:*.mp3=00;36:*.mpc=00;36:*.ogg=00;36:*.ra=00;36:*.wav=00;36:*.axa=00;36:*.oga=00;36:*.spx=00;36:*.xspf=00;36:

OPENDVD=eject /dev/sr0

SSH_AUTH_SOCK=/x

PLAYMEDIA=vlc /dev/sr0

SESSION_MANAGER=x

USERNAME=x

DEFAULTS_PATH=/usr/share/gconf/default.default.path

XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=/etc/xdg/xdg-default:/etc/xdg

PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/bin/X11:/usr/games

DESKTOP_SESSION=default

GDM_XSERVER_LOCATION=local

PWD=/etc

GNOME_KEYRING_PID=1585

LANG=en_US.UTF-8

MANDATORY_PATH=/usr/share/gconf/default.mandatory.path

MDM_XSERVER_LOCATION=local

GDMSESSION=default

SHLVL=1

XDG_SEAT=seat0

HOME=/x/x

XDG_SESSION_DESKTOP=default

LOGNAME=x

XDG_DATA_DIRS=/usr/share/default:/usr/share/xfce4:/usr/local/share/:/usr/share/:/usr/share/mdm/

DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-ONZKNCkspd,guid=10fed374626ed9dae74c359c5414b544

MDMSESSION=default

TEXTDOMAIN=im-config

WINDOWPATH=7

XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/1000

DISPLAY=:0.0

MDM_LANG=en_US.UTF-8

TEXTDOMAINDIR=/usr/share/locale/

COLORTERM=xfce4-terminal

XAUTHORITY=/x/x/x

_=/usr/bin/printenv

Take a close look at the bold text above. These are my custom variables I set to run some custom scripts.

OPENDVD=eject /dev/sr0 is used to open my laptop's DVD disc drive.

PLAYMEDIA=vlc /dev/sr0 is used to play a DVD using VLC.

Of course I could have just written the scripts using a text editor. I wanted to make things more interesting by try something different. Also, doing this helped me learn and appreciate environmental variables much more. I find them really fun to play with.

Always remember this syntax, "command argument". The command is what you want to run, the argument is what you want it to run on. The command “VLC” opens the VLC media player program. The argument “/dev/sr0” is the DVD disc drive I want it to open. Typing this in your terminal will do just that.

If you look at the subfolder “etc”, you will notice a file named “environment”. You can actually use this filie to create and store your own custom declared variables. On some Ubuntu based systems, you might noticed the default “PATH” variable is also located there. A little F.Y.I.

Once you set your desired variable, and save the file, restart your system. Run the “printenv” command and you will see your variables listed.

To set a variable, type in all caps, the name of the variable, then after that, the “=” sign and then the value that the variable will relate to. Like this, VARIABLE=value. In my case I typed, OPENDVD=”eject /dev/sr0”. The quotes surrounding the command indicates that the command should be treated as one value.

Once this is written, I had reset my mint system. Once logged in, and the terminal was opened, I called the value of the new variable. This is when you tell your terminal to print the value of a variable. The command to do this is, prompt<$VARIABLENAME>.When I typed, “$OPENDVD”, my dvd disc drive opens. Your system will recognize a variable when it starts with a dollar sign followed by a name in all caps as in, "$OPENDVD".

I was not big on programming. Yet, scripting, using variables, not only makes Linux even more interesting but programming as well. I already have a large list of scripts I want to experiment with. When I think about it, scripting might actually be my thing. I went beyond just learning what a variable is. I begun learning how to talk to Linux using my own language.

 

Wearable Electronics Market - Latest Technology Research Report and Industry Analysis, 2014 - 2020

Wearable electronics are accessories with advanced electronic technologies. Wearable devices are worn on the body, which enable wireless networking and mobile computing. These devices enable end-users to integrate computer in their daily activity and use technology to take advantage of advanced features and characteristics. Wearable electronics devices include product such as smart goggles, finger worn scanners, wrist wears such as wrist bands and electronics watches, foot wears namely fitness and sport shoes and athletic shoes, and others products such as neck-wear and head bands. Increasing proliferation of smart watches and smart glasses and their ability to share data with smart-phone are expected to drive the growth of wearable electronics market over the forecast period. However, high initial cost of these devices will restrict the growth of this market to some extent.

Read More @ http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/wearable-electronics-market.html

The wearable electronics market can be segmented into four major types into components, product, applications, and technology. The wearable electronics market can be segmented on the basis of types of components into seven major categories namely networking and positioning components, power supply components, sensing components, optoelectronic and display component, controls components and interface components.

On the basis of product the wearable electronics market can be segment into six categories namely wrist-wear, eye-wear, body-wear, foot-wear, neck wear and others (head-wear and finger wear). The wearable electronics market can be segmented on the basis of size of applications into four categories which include healthcare application, consumer application, industrial applications and commercial applications. On the basis of technology the market can be segmented into six categories namely display technologies, computing technologies, positioning technologies, networking technologies, speech recognition technology and sensor technologies. The market can also be segmented geographically into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (Latin America, Middle East and Africa).

Some of the key drivers of this market include increasing demand for sophisticated gadgets with advanced features, enhanced adoption of wearable electronic products in new applications and shifting trend towards communication and networking technologies for wearable electronics, which are the biggest revenue generators for wearable electronics market. The key restraints to this market are high initial cost, privacy concerns, and poor consumption, which are hindering the growth of this market.

Some of the key players in the wearable electronics market are Apple Inc., Adidas AG, Google Inc., AT & T Inc., Glassup SRL, Epson Corporation, Imprint Energy Inc., Infineon Technologies AG, Nike Inc., Shimmer Research Inc. and weartech S.L among others. 

 

Connected Living Room Market - Latest Technology Research Report and Industry Analysis upto 2019

The report titled ‘Connected Living Room - Global Forecast, Market Share, Trends, Size, Growth And Industry Analysis, 2013 - 2019’ delves into the contemporary concept of living rooms that are centered on advanced entertainment and communication devices. The report takes into account various dynamics that are expected to work in tandem so as to bring about a change in the devices and technologies in new-age living rooms.

Read More @ http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/connected-living-room.html

This report can be described as a comprehensive study of current trends in connected living rooms. With technological advancements rapidly taking place in this sector, this report is integral to the strategy of both established as well as incumbent market players.

It features end-to-end analyses of market propellants as well as inhibitors. The report provides users with accurate market projects for the years ahead. Besides a value chain analysis, the report also provides a market share analysis based on market segments and geographical markets.

The report also offers a statistics-based projection of the emerging trends in this market that will play a key role over the next few years. Developments that have taken place over the recent years are extensively analyzed in this report. Yet another highlight of this study is the use of Porter’s five force model analysis as well as detailed Company Profiles section that takes into account the strategies, financial standing, and strengths and weaknesses of leading names in this sector.

Market overview

The concept of a connected living room is relatively modern and entails the use of technological devices and gadgets that provide a combination of information and entertainment depending on the choices of the user. With a connected living room, a user can share photos, music, and videos enabled by devices such as smart televisions, set-top boxes, and personal computers.

According to the findings of this report, the market for connected living rooms is anticipated to witness healthy growth, with single-digit CAGR increase by the end of 2019. Some of the devices that constitute a connected living room are, plasma TVs, smart TVs, DVD players, OLED TVs, video recorders, audio and gaming consoles, among others.

There are a variety of factors propelling growth in the connected living rooms market. These include: a growth in the demand for digitization, the growing preference for advanced display equipment, and the emergence of novel technologies and platforms for sharing information and entertainment. At the same time, there are a few factors that have been hindering the market from reaching ideal growth figures. These factors include a lack of user-friendliness of these noticeably high-tech devices as well as their high costs.

 

First milestone of UCS 4.0 released

Univention has released the first milestone of its Enterprise Linux distribution Univention Corporate Server. New features:

  • based on Debian 7.6 aka "Wheezy"
  • new Linux kernel 3.16
  • a prerelease of Samba 4.2
  • the LDAP directory service now with the better performing MDB backend.

The milestone aims at channel partners, technology partners and interested parties who want to take a first look at the upcoming release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) which will be released in November.

Further information at: http://blog.univention.com/technical-overview-ucs-4-0-preview/

 
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