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Tropical Ice Cube Newsletter #6: Moving Forward

From: "Jean-Philippe 'Tropical Ice Cube' Monteiro" <jph@zenerves.net>

To: pplug@googlegroups.com, barcampphnompenh@googlegroups.com, jugcam@googlegroups.com

Date: 09/02/09 - 16:29

[My apologies if you receive this message 2 or 3 times: it means you are on the 3 groups I write to! :) ]

Howdy, Nixettes and Nixers!

Welcome to issue 6 of the Tropical Ice Cube Newsletter, your weekly dose of OpenSOUrce news here in Phnom Penh.


If you are on the BarCamp PP mailing list, you heard it all: people are on the Talks to what should our next TechnoGathering be like; and I hope all of you from BarCamp PP, JUGCam and PP Linux User Group will all join! The Tropical Ice Cube definitely will, of course.

Latest download: eBox is your Server tool of choice, for you networking freaks!

The UBUNTU 8.10 discs have arrived, thanks to UBUNTU and its Shipit programme... You know the drill: Text 012 561 005 !

Join the Facebook Tropical Ice Cube Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62414700265

SHOWCASE: rDesktop software.

Following a discussion about the best way for people in an office environment to be able to sit anywhere but still always face their own desktop, one solution to that is to run as many virtual Machines on a server that people connect to from anywhere. That is valid for common office tasks, not for very demanding apps obviously. A definitive, commercial-grade solution is still to be assessed, but so far, a combination of a serious server running VirtualBox and the rdesktop remote client allows actually _any_ kind of Operating System Guest to run on _any_ kind of Client - yes, you can sit down in front of a Linux machine and fire up your old XP, or the opposite naturally.

And since it's all virtual, the server can make a backup of your running machine "image" at any time, allowing you a recovery system far superior to what you can (sometimes) get out of a damaged hard drive.

Virtualization is _the_ word in techno-buzz these days, device as small as mobile phones run virtual Java machines because it is safer and faster to restart, Web Hosting providers increase their competitiveness by providing several virtual systems out of only one server... It's really coming, and it makes sense, allowing to people share ressources rather than having expensive hardware sitting doing nothing.

OpenSOurce + Virtualization is the future, if the future we want is community-driven, with a sense of sparing our Planet; I'll get back to you on this topic, for sure.

LATEST Additions to the DISTROthèque Repository: http://tic.zenerves.net/latest_news.html

Server Platform: eBox 1.12.3

Telephony on your linux box: AsteriskNOW TrixBox

Linux, boxed: Ubuntu 8.10 Box-Editions - real, shiny ones! KhmerOS openSUSE 11 - fresh from the Open Institute

Linux, latest: Knoppix 6 - the master of teh Live Distro is back, always as quick and usefull, this one with a the Ariane Text-To-Speech system for the vidually impaired.

Sabayon 4

Linux, Specialised Distributions: Clonezilla 1.2.1 - clone your hard drive BEFORE a major rescue operation GPartedLive 0.4.1 - LiveTool to rescue your harddrive

!! Don't Forget !!

The Tropical Ice Cube always keep the 10 most important Linux Distributions available in their most recent release figure.

As Ever, always available: OpenSource Software for M$:

Firefox 3 - get rid of Internet Explorer! OpenOffice 3 - get rid of Word/Excell/etc! The Gimp 2.6 - get rid of Photoshop! Thunderbird 2 - get rid of outlook/outlook express VLC 0.9 - Well, VLC is better than anything else really.

And the Same in Khmer: [check http://www.khmeros.info for more] OpenOffice - full offoce suite Moyura, Email client Merkhala, Web browser + Unicode Typing Trainer for Windows and more.

This Week recommended READINGS:

Interview with Linus Torvald, creator of Linux: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20090202

OK, this one is lame but it's always good fun:


A look at the next netboot operating systems: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20090209


T.I.C could benefit from your help: see http://tic.zenerves.net/faq.html#contribute to check how you can participate in this project and help spread Free Software further in Phnom Penh and Cambodia.


Pacific Systems gave me a UNICODE Khmer keyboard! Thanks!

You too, Like PACIFIC SYSTEMS, can help. I am sure your company can find a way to see it's name valued in the Phnom Penh Open Source community. Share open source software, download them, advertise T.I.C - there are many ways, and I am sure I am talking to a quite creative audience here!

(http://www.pacific.com.kh - they have all kinds of good stuff that you can't find anywhere else)

TwitMe! Hook to http://twitter.com/tropicalicecube.

Spread the newsletter! Send it to your friends, get them to register to the Phnom Penh Linux User Group (Yes, that is the PPLUG) at: http://groups.google.com/group/pplug

Visit http://tic.zenerves.net for a full list of available Open Source alternatives for your computing performance and pleasure + more info and help.

"Send a Text Message, Receive Linux for Free"

Getting your computer running Open Source, free software has never been so easy in Phnom Penh: Just send us a Text Message from your Mobile Phone, and get the Linux Distribution of your choice, for free!

 Text me on 012 561 005 with either:
  Your request for Linux distro, with pick-up yourself at my office: I will reply with street address and delay/time to pick up the disc;
  Your distro request with your street address and possible hours for delivery; cost is 1usd per disc/dvd, Business Hours best.

This newsletter brought to you by:

Jean-Philippe Monteiro

The Tropical Ice Cube

DISTROtheque Maintainer

twit: tropicalicecube

web: tropicalicecube.zenerves.net

mail: tic /AT\ zenerves.net

Face: Tropicalicecube Phnompenh

Mob: 012 561 005

--Slackware 12.2 / Enlightenment DR16--


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