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Download 64 Bit Linux Flash Player Beta Version

Finally, Adobe has released 64 bit preview version of its most popular flash player today for Linux / Solaris UNIX operating system. There is no Windows or Mac 64 bit version exists but Linux / UNIX is the first OS to get it. Indeed a good news; now we have both Java and Flash plyaer for 64 bit platforms. No need to use nspluginwrapper. From the blog post:

Furthering Adobe's commitment to the Linux community and as part of ongoing efforts to ensure the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player, an alpha version of 64-bit Adobe Flash Player 10 for Linux operating systems was released on 11/17/2008 and is available for download. This offers easier, native installation on 64-bit Linux distributions and removes the need for 32-bit emulation. Learn more by reading the 64-bit Flash Player 10 FAQ.

It is being made available for developers and consumers to test their content to ensure new features function as expected, existing content plays back correctly, and there are no compatibility issues.

Please note that you need 64 bit Linux operating system and 64 bit Firefox version to use this new 64 bit player.

This is the dumbest article ever.

Would the internet as we know it exist without Linux? Absolutely not. Where Linux shines the most is in its server applications - no question, says Rich Menga:

Linux was literally the only OS out there that had the right price (free), ran similar to a Unix and could use existing computers of the time to connect customers. Anything else would break the bank way too easily. What would you have used that you could afford? Netware? Lotus Domino? HP-UX (that requires those refrigerator-sized HP servers)? I don't think so.

This is really bold claim but the Internet would certainly exist without Linux. UNIX and the Internet go together. Linux is successful because of the Internet and small group of hackers connected via the Internet. Berkeley Software Distribution (*BSD) is the Unix operating system derivative developed and distributed by the Computer Systems Research Group of the University of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1995. Also, most major ISPs and enterprises powered by commercial proprietor platforms such as Cisco. Just look at early successful web applications and companies such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Sony,Amazon and many others. What OS are they using at the time of starup?

Linux is a base platform; you need Perl, PHP, MySQL, Python, MTA and many other open source apps to make it work. Technically, Linux is kernel not even OS. Linux distribution is complete OS. If Linux was not around, Sun, *BSD and other UNIX like oses may have acted as internet servers, period.

UNIX or UNIX like operating system offers many flavors. Most Microsoft users are stuck with Windows NT / 2003 only. However, UNIX users can select a variety of UNIX like oses:
+ Linux ( Red Hat / Debian / Suse and other distros)
+ Solaris / OpenSolaris
+ BSD (FreeBSD / OpenBSD / NetBSD) etc

Few years back I used work at largest ISP in India and our team used to mange an average 8 operating systems to support our enterprise grade customers. It was headache for me as I had to document, patch and monitor each operating system. These days I recommend selecting one operating system, which may result into saving time and money. But, how do you select perfect UNIX operating system for your business? You should always consider following factors while selecting UNIX like oses:

Ease of use - Must be easy to use.

Reliability & Stability - OS must be stable to run your business and should work under heavy loads.

Budget - No one has unlimited budget or luxury to select fancy stuff. Evaluate pricing based upon your own IT budget.

Hardware / driver support - Does UNIX hardware vendor offer good support?

Application support - Does it run Oracle or ERP software? Make sure all software compatible with os.

Vendor support - Does UNIX vendor offer good support? Does that includes phone support or email support or onsite support?

Security features - Look for security features and past security track record

Addon features - Look for bundled features such as backup utility or special software. Can you modify kernel? Can filesystem hold millions of tiny files and so on.

Expertise - How much experience and expertise you have on staff to manage OS.

Scalability - Will OS scale with your business? How does OS scale when the business grows? Watch out for clustering and HA support.

OS market share - Find out if OS dominates market. A massive user base means good support and lots of skilled workers.

Community support - The best support can come from newsgroup, forums or mailing list.

Patch management - Are patches available immediately? Find out more about security disclosure policy.

Staff training and certification support.

If in doubt, ask other people or admins - Talk to your users and find their requirements. Ask to other admins or people about the requirements rather than vendor. People using UNIX oses for a long time have practical knowledge of many things and they may able to provide guideline.

Mac ZFS Source Code Released

ZFS has amazing feature set and now it is ported to Mac

ZFS file system developed by Sun for its UNIX operating system. ZFS presents a pooled storage model that completely eliminates the concept of volumes and the associated problems of partitions, provisioning, wasted bandwidth and stranded storage. Thousands of filesystems can draw from a common storage pool, each one consuming only as much space as it actually needs. The combined I/O bandwidth of all devices in the pool is available to all filesystems at all times.

Apple has ported ZFS from Open Solaris to the Mac OS X platform. You can download ZFS beta version here (via ./).