I'm in search of Linux--which sounds odd since it seems that I should be able to find all the Linux I'd ever want but I want to know about [I]your[/I] favorite Linux gadget, project, invention, software, innovation or appliance. I want to know which ones are most important to you--which ones you're passionate about and which ones deserve some attention in this blog. Here's your chance to bring a little-known Linux-oriented business or project into the light. Let's see what you can do. I was so taken aback by the lack of Linux-oriented solutions at the recent [URL="http://www.interop.com/lasvegas"]InterOp Las Vegas[/URL] …

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Everyone has their predictions for the new year but do they often prognosticate using an animated video? The folks over at [URL="http://www.rpath.com"]rPath[/URL] created a clever [URL="http://www.rpath.com/corp/predictions"]video[/URL] animation depicting their reasonable and humorous predictions for 2010. rPath might be best known for its [URL="http://www.rpath.org/ui"]online virtual appliance builder[/URL]. You can also [URL="http://www.rpath.com/corp/free-rbuilder"]download rBuilder[/URL]. They're also known for release automation, cloud computing, virtualization, self-service IT and much [URL="http://www.rpath.com/corp/solutions"]more[/URL]. If you'd like to see their cool [URL="http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7626"]webinar[/URL], hosted by your own DaniWeb Linux Guy, click on over to Linux Magazine and check it out. I've built several appliances using their online wizard and have …

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Today, Tuesday November 10, 2009, [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL] announces a Visual Studio plugin that allows support for non-Microsoft operating systems that use .NET code development on a platform known as [URL="http://go-mono.com"]Mono[/URL] via a new product called [URL="http://go-mono.com/monovs/"]Mono Tools for Visual Studio 1.0[/URL]. This is not a cost free toolset. In fact, it's really quite [URL="http://www.go-mono.com/store/"]pricey[/URL]--starting at $99 for the Professional (Individual) version. Of course, compared to the exorbitant price of Visual Studio, that's a mere pittance. If you can afford Mono Tools, it's a powerful addition to your Visual Studio environment. Using Mono Tools, you can create and test your .NET applications …

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InterOp 2009 is a success by anyone's measure but it's been a mixed bag for me so far. Internet access on the show floor is almost non-existent. For a major tech show like this, it's absolutely ridiculous. You'd think that Internet access would be a standard feature of any technical show--especially for perhaps the largest one of the year in North America. The show floor is packed with exhibitors showing their wares (hardware appliances, security software and virtualization solutions) and eager-to-learn and buy show attendees. Most attendees report that they will increase IT spending this year. Good news for the …

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Welcome to Crystal Ball Sunday #8! Today's discussion focuses on Virtual Appliances which are small virtual machines designed for a very specific purpose. There are Virtual Appliance Email servers, VPN servers, Firewalls, Routers, Dial-in servers, DNS servers, CMS application servers, and the list goes on and on. I had this Crystal Ball vision while writing the virtual networking and storage chapter of my upcoming book, [I]Practical Virtualization Solutions [/I](Pearson/Prentice Hall). In this chapter, I was explaining how to create a VPN server virtual machine using Windows 2003 Server when I had the brainstorm that there were probably some Virtual Appliances …

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Welcome back to another Crystal Ball Sunday. Those of you who celebrate freedom on July 4 hopefully have had a safe and enjoyable holiday. Freedom comes in packages of all shapes and sizes and this week's Crystal Ball Sunday is about freedom in small packages: Embedded Devices. Embedded device refers to a piece of hardware that has limited resources (memory, power, range) and usually has a very specific function--sometimes a singular function. This means that the operating system that the device uses must have a very small footprint and be energy efficient. Embedded devices are as diverse as the above …

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