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+ - Xen vs. VirtualBox vs. VMware. which is better?

Submitted by el_pancreas
el_pancreas (1546193) writes "We just bought a new server with the following specs: Dell Poweredge T300 1 x Intel Xeon X3323 Quad Core 2.5 ghz 16 GB Ram We need to run aprox. 12 virtual machines on this server: 1 CentOS (SAMBA) 1 CentOS (DNS — Bind) 2 CentOS (MySQL) 6 CentOS (Apache) 1 WinXP IE6 (for VNC access to perform testing) 1 WinXP IE7 (for VNC access to perform testing) All of them will be used very "lightly". All of them are intended for web app development and testing among a group of 6 programers so no heavy duty use on any of them. We are replacing an aging Dell Poweredge 2600 with 512MB ram (that's right) with an intel xeon processor (single core 1.8Ghz i believe) It was running Open Virtuozzo and did managed to run aproximatelly 10 virtual servers (yes.. i know..) all of them running at the same time on only 512 MB RAM. So.. we are still deciding on which technology to use. Did we mention that we need them to be free options? So far we've narrowed it down to 4 contenders: Xen 3.0.3 (CentOS native virtualization technology) VirtualBox 2.2 VMware ESXi VMware Server 2 Anyone with experience running this many servers in a single server using the above listed technologies? We haven't been able to find any recent comparisons among them (only a few old blog posts here and there but all talk about outdated versions). Any suggestions?"

Comment: Re:Copyright time should be reduced, not increased (Score 1) 591

by RidiculousPie (#22425244) Attached to: EU Commissioner Proposes 95 year Copyright
Actually, if you apply economics you can see that the product will then become a part of the free market and thus it's price will reduce to the marginal cost of production; because anyone can copy it, the price will reach the cost of this copying. Less money will be made, but more copies will be sold.

Thus a substantial reduction in price occurs, allowing more people to enjoy the copyrighted work, or people to enjoy more copyrighted works.

The "more money in the publisher's pocket or more money in the creator's pocket" is only one point of view; the opposing is "more content in more people's pockets".
Software

+ - DUI Defendant Wins Right to Source Code

Submitted by freshman_a
freshman_a (136603) writes "The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of a man, charged with a DUI, who claimed he needed the source code to the Intoxilyzer 5000EN to fight charges in court. From an article at the Pioneer Press:

"That's the gist of the decision, that it's discoverable," said Underdahl's attorney, Jeffrey Sheridan, of Eagan. "The problem is, the manufacturer of the thing thinks they can hold it back and not tell anybody how it works. For all we know, it's a random number generator."
"
Communications

+ - Free implementation of native Exchange protocol

Submitted by
Jelmer Vernooij
Jelmer Vernooij writes "After three years of hard work, the OpenChange project has released a first version of their project, which implements MAPI, the protocol used natively by Microsofts' Exchange server. Their initial release contains a simple command-line tool for fetching and sending email from an Exchange server. Work is also on its way to build a native drop-in replacement of Exchange server, without requiring additional client plugins, as well as improvements to the client to support fetching and changing remote tasks, address books and calendars. An online demonstration of the release and its testing tools is also available."
Networking

+ - In search of a graphical NMS package...

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've recently been assigned the task of managing about a hundred switches and routers, and am in dire need of a good graphical network monitoring and management package. Virtually all the devices are Cisco, but there was no NMS of any kind in place before I inherited this gig. Config changes were done by hand by individually telnetting to each device and no automated monitoring at all is implemented. I have a small budget to purchase a commercial package if necessary, but after looking at all the usual bog names on the market, they all seem to be crap. (e.g. like the big unmentioned brand name package that's implemented solely in java, and accessed thru an old version of an IE webbrowser only, and quirky as hell, which is three strikes against it right there.) What I need is something that is quick and easy to set up and will perform auto-discovery, present the findings to me in a graphical map that's easily editable, and allow me to quickly make config changes by, perhaps clicking on a device's icon to invoke a telnet or ssh session to the device, show me when a device craters by turning its icon red or something.... and most of all, allow me to easily back up all the devices' configs to textfiles in one easy fell swoop batch operation and allow me to change all the passwords at once in a batch operation. I don't care if it's Windows or Linux based, open source or commercial ... I'll gladly take either platform if it will fit in my budget. I do not need it to monitor servers, workstations and services running on them, I only need to monitor and manage the network infrastructure hardware devices."
Wii

+ - Duck Hunt On Wii for Free

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There are a lot of people out there (myself included) who have been waiting for duckhunt to come out on the Wii. It only makes sense considering the Wii-Mote can be used as a gun and Duck Hunt was a game that almost everyone who had the original NES had. Save your Wii point and get DuckHunt for free. http://www.nintendo-hacks.com/wii-hacks/duckhunt-o n-wii-for-free/"
PC Games (Games)

+ - 'Gears' Goes Triple Platinum

Submitted by
njkid1
njkid1 writes "And the money just keeps rolling in for Microsoft and Epic Games. The blockbuster Xbox 360 shooter has now officially sold 3 million copies across the globe since its release last November. The new multiplayer maps have also been downloaded over 750,000 times so far.http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id= 15002&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000019"
Sci-Fi

Slow Light = Fast Computing 134

Posted by Zonk
from the yay-light-beams dept.
yohaas writes "The Washington Post is reporting that scientists have been able to slow the speed of light while still maintaining its ability to transmit information. The researchers have even developed a way to 'tune' the process, modulating how fast or slow the light goes within controlled circumstances. From the article: 'Scientists said yesterday that they had achieved a long-sought goal of slowing waves of light to a relatively leisurely pace and using those harnessed pulses to store an image. Physicists said the new approach to taming light could hasten the arrival of a futuristic era in which computers and other devices will process information on optical beams instead of with electricity, which for all its spark is still cumbersome compared with light.'"
Operating Systems

Windows Home Server Details 234

Posted by kdawson
from the just-the-storage-ma'am dept.
phorest writes "Perhaps Microsoft read the comments from the Slashdot community on Windows Home Server? In any event Microsoft is opening up WHS for users to construct their own system after all; though I'd like to see the price of this OS release before making the jump. From the review: "At the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week... Microsoft previewed its long-awaited Windows Home Server product, a Windows Server 2003 R2-based server for consumers that dispenses with the complexities of most Windows Server versions and provides the core storage, sharing, and remote access functionality that digital media and home networking enthusiasts require... Microsoft will make WHS available in two ways: Bundled with new WHS hardware and software-only, the latter so that enthusiasts can install the system on the hardware of their choice... If you're building your own home server, Microsoft requires a 1 GHz processor or better, 512 MB of RAM or more, and as many disks as you think you need. The company will support multiple home servers on the same network, but it's still murky how that will work."

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