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Submission + - Try Ubuntu Server in the Cloud on Canonical's Dime (

An anonymous reader writes: In an unprecedented offer, Canonical will foot the bill for you to experience Ubuntu Server in Amazon's Cloud for an hour, taking care of the registration and setup of the server, and even give you some pre-configured applications to choose from (such as Byobu, Wordpress, and MoinMoin). The web application at will launch a fresh instance of the Ubuntu Server in the Cloud, insert your public SSH key, and give you remote root (sudo) access to the system within seconds. One-click, and your server is cool is that? Is this how server software free trials will operate in the future?

Comment Register Bloodied by Lack of Research (Score 5, Informative) 1231

As this article attacked the feature I personally worked on in Karmic, I felt it appropriate to respond in my blog at
Typically, I read and respect The Register. They usually run intriguing technology articles that make me think. I'm quite disappointed with today's carelessly researched piece, specifically, the paragraphs regarding eCryptfs.
Lack of automation? In Ubuntu 9.10, encrypting your home directory is a matter of selecting a check box in the installer: That's it. 9.04 Encrypted Home upgrading users simply run update-manager and upgrade all packages to 9.10. Their home directory encryption is not affected by this.
The author of this article found one post in the Ubuntu Forums poorly articulating an issue with home directory encryption and suddenly Ubuntu 9.10 users are getting "bloodied" by encryption in Ubuntu? Seriously?
I expect better journalism from The Register...

Comment Another glowing review (Score 1) 395

In September 2008, I blogged a similarly glowing review, A few months later, the publisher contacted me and supplied me with 3 copies of the new hardback, which I gave away through a series of cryptographic challenges over the last 3 weeks. It's an excellent book, and a must-read for anyone interested in the techno-thriller genre. Cheers, :-Dustin

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