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Ubuntu Linux Server Download ISO / CD Images

Ubuntu Linux is an operating system for desktops, laptops, and servers. It is based upon Debian Linux with fast release cycle for desktop. It has consistently been rated among the most popular of the many Linux distributions. You can download Ubuntu Linux from offical site or purchase media from offical project site.

Download Ubuntu Linux

Current Ubuntu Linux server version # 8.04 is valid till 2013.

Get Free Interactive Shell Access to Linux / BSD and UNIX Like Operating Systems

From my mail bag:

Where can I get free interactive access to HP-UX or Linux distro or UNIX shell access?

You can simply grab and try out any Linux / BSD / Solaris Live CD. However, some time you cannot install and use particular UNIX like os. So, if you want to try the latest technologies over the Internet? Try HP TestDrive program:

This program allows you to testdrive some of the hottest hardware and operating systems available today. Have you ever wanted to try out HP's exciting 64-bit Integrity and PA-RISC technology? Get time on SMP x86 and Opteron ProLiant servers? Try out a Blade server. Try different Open Source operating systems such as FreeBSD, Suse, Redhat, Debian and other Linux distributions.

This program is perfect for students and new users to try out and learn basis of UNIX. You can also try and test your C/C++ programs using latest Intel compilers. It is intended for those users who want to sample the 32- and 64-bit servers running a variety of HP, UNIX, Linux and third-party operating systems and applications.

=> HP Test Drive Program [hp.com]

Make money with Linux: Becoming a Linux OEM

You can make money by selling Linux based Laptop and desktop systems. Dell and other vendor started the same. There is huge market for Linux desktop systems. This article talks about entering a world where Microsoft rules the marketplace:

For years, Microsoft has reigned supreme as the 'only' choice for OEM partners on the x86 architecture. Later on, Apple switched from PPC (Power PC) to x86, but really did not make a dent in the OEM market, as Apple produces its own hardware, with OS X being a means to that end. Then it happened: Dell dropped their hat into the ring, perhaps prompting what could become a rush of other PC manufacturers and distributors wishing to enter into OEM deals with various Linux distributions. Keep in mind that Dell is hardly doing anything new here. There have been a number of smaller companies that have worked within the Linux space for some time now. Generally referred to as distributors, their goal remains the same – selling pre-installed Linux-based computers to their customers.

=> Becoming a Linux OEM: A Roadmap

Start and stop VMWARE VPS / virtual machine guest operating system from command line

Vmware server comes with the nifty vmware-cmd utility. It allows an administrator to perform various operations on a virtual machine from Linux command line / shell prompt such as:

=> Stop / Start VM

=> Get VM status

=> Setup variables

=> Powerdown VM and much more

Task: Lists the virtual machines on the local server

You can list all servers and config file, enter:
# vmware-cmd -l


Turn on VM / Power up VPS

Just pas start option to vmware-cmd,
# vmware-cmd /nas/vms/FreeBSD/FreeBSD.vmx start

To stop VM/VPS, enter:
# vmware-cmd /nas/vms/FreeBSD/FreeBSD.vmx stop

To reset VM/VPS, enter:
# vmware-cmd /nas/vms/FreeBSD/FreeBSD.vmx reset

To suspend VM/VPS, enter:
# vmware-cmd /nas/vms/FreeBSD/FreeBSD.vmx suspend

Find out if OpenBSD VM is on or off:
# vmware-cmd /disk2.vmware/vms/OpenBSD/OpenBSD.vmx getstate

getstate() = off

vmware-cmd offers other options, please consult VMWARE documentation for more information.

Download Linux Google desktop application

Google Desktop is a desktop search application that gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. Desktop makes searching your own email, files, music, photos, and more as easy as searching the web with Google.

Earlier this application was only available on Windows or Mac system. Now google released Linux version. This is done almost three years after the product's launch for the Windows operating system.

=> Search your computer as easily as you search the web with Google

=> Find information in your documents, emails, web history, and more

=> Open files with just a few keystrokes

Google Desktop for Linux runs on Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, SUSE 10.1, and Red Flag 5.

On a related note if privacy is a big concern try old good find command or Linux GUI desktop search application.

Download Linux Google Desktop

Red Hat and Canonical (Ubuntu) rejected any patent deals with Microsoft

This is really good news. Both Redhat and Canonical (Ubuntu’s parent company) has rejected nasty Microsoft patent deals.

Following Linux distributions and companies made a patent deals with Microsoft:
[a] Novell Suse Linux
[b] Linspire Linux desktop
[c] Xandros Linux desktop
[d] LG Electronics

The drama started last November, when Microsoft inked a deal with Novell to foster interoperability and technical collaboration between the open- and closed-source operating systems. Novell also got protection from possible patent suits as part of the agreement.

Soon after, Microsoft came out with allegations that the open-source camp is infringing on 235 of its patents, and the software giant began making moves to form alliances with other Linux providers. The company was successful in negotiating partnerships with Xandros and Linspire, but has hit a wall with Ubuntu and Red Hat.

Canonical chief executive Mark Shuttleworth has made it clear that Ubuntu isn't interested in forming a deal with Microsoft along the lines of those recently reached by Linspire, Xandros and Novell.

Red Hat Says No to Microsoft 'Innovation Tax'

nixCraft FAQ Roundup June 07, 2007

Recently updated/posted Linux and UNIX FAQ (mostly useful to Linux/UNIX new administrators or users) :