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Free Linux Games – Part 2

12.09.2011 (5:39 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Damn Small Linux can be an excellent tool for learning Linux commands and running the Linux operating system. But what if you are not interested in becoming a computer nerd; can this software still be useful to regular people? The answer is a resounding yes; you can make use of this tiny operating system whether or not you want to learn the sometimes gruesome details of operating systems. This article presents several free games that are immediately available once you have downloaded and installed Damn Small Linux.

To access these games either click on the DSL button in the lower-left hand corner or on the Apps icon toward the top of the screen. Then open the Games: there are eleven; Canfield, Freecell, Golf, Mastermind, Minesweeper, Pegged, Slide_Puzzle, Solitaire, Taipei, Thornq, and Xtris and Taiedit which is not a game, but a game editor. We will look at the games in order starting with Slide_Puzzle. As with any gaming systems, you must be careful not to get addicted.

Do you remember a hand-held non-electronic game that contained fifteen movable tiles and sixteen squares? By moving the tiles correctly you could reconstitute a series of numbers. Slide_puzzle is similar but even more challenging. First you load an image, a graphics file such as a jpg file. I didn’t have one readily available so I opened Firefox went to google images and downloaded into the /home/dsl directory the first crayfish image that Google offered me. Then I loaded it into the game which chopped it into little pieces to be reassembled. Left-click on a tile to slide it into the adjacent empty space. Right-click to see the original image. If you are really good you won’t have to take a peek at the original image. It helps if you selected an image that’s easy to reconstitute. I don’t recommend crayfish.

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Solitaire is the good-old Klondike solitaire card game. While testing it for this article I won twice in a row and even came close the third time. This is the solitaire that I fondly remember as a kid. Watch out, it’s moderately addictive.

Taipei is a very addictive game in which you try to remove pairs of corresponding tiles. Of course whenever one tile is covered by another tile you must first remove the covering tile. To find out if a tile may be removed right-click on it. If it changes colors it may be removed by clicking on its available partner. The partner tile is usually a copy (9 and 9, Heart and Heart) but any of the direction tiles may be paired with any other direction tile, and any color tile may be paired with any color tile.) The numbers in the lower left hand corner of the screen indicate how many tiles remain and how many tiles are presently removable. In one game I started with 144 and 12. By judiciously removing two tiles I went to 142 and 15. I lost that game, like I lose most of the time. If the rules sound a bit complicated, they are. But you can learn by playing. And you can always press the Backspace key to undo your latest tile removal. The last time I played I was blocked, pressed the Backspace key, and went on to win. Some would say beginner’s luck. The instructions claim that every game can be won. I don’t believe it.

Taiedit lets you modify the game of Taipei. Good luck, this application looks moderately sophisticated.

Thornq is yet another solitaire card game. For more information about this game access their website at www.delorie.com/store/ace/docs/thornq.html .

You may not believe me, but I won this game without knowing how to play it. Beginner’s luck. The point is that Damn Small Linux offers a wide variety of solitaire card games. The final game offered with the system is xtris, a version of Tetris, a game in which you arrange falling blocks. This version offers a few controls including the possibility of playing several games at once. One at a time is more than enough for me.

Be a Part of the Virtual Dedicated Server Revolution – Become an Infinitely Virtual Reseller

29.08.2011 (5:32 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

If you are interested in enhancing your portfolio of products and services, increasing your sales revenue, and you think that server virtualization is the wave of the future, you should consider becoming an Infinitely Virtual Partner.

As a partner with Infinitely Virtual, your company can tap into a whole new revenue stream, just by doing what you do already. With no start-up costs and high margins, any company can begin making money immediately, while larger VARs and hardware resellers can use IV’s services to offer existing customers a unique set of services, as well as attracting new business.

Three Partner Levels

We have three programs designed to fit your organization. If you are looking to enhance your sales portfolio, one of our partner programs is a perfect fit.

IVVAR

You’ve got a list of products and services, a well-oiled billing department, and an experienced technical support staff. You can enhance your service offering by adding Infinitely Virtual’s services to your own as a value-added reseller.

As an independent IVVAR Partner, you’ll offer products and services built on the foundation of the Infinitely Virtual platform. You’ll be able to take advantage of discounted plans and have deep access to our virtualization infrastructure and your customer’s virtual machines in order to serve their unique requirements. In addition, you’ll be able to purchase CPU reservations, RAM, and monthly transfer in bulk, and allocate your selected resources among your customers.

You’ll be able to set your rates and bill your own customers, and we’ll bill you, at a discount, for the products and services you sell. Your company will provide all support to your customers. As an IVVAR Partner, you’ll be required to provide a value-added service or product to our platform.

IVOEM

Your company has the technical know-how and the staff for billing and support, but you’re looking for services to fill out your portfolio. Infinitely Virtual’s OEM partner program allows you to sell and rebrand our services as your own.

The IVOEM partner program is designed for companies that wish to privately label products and services. As an OEM partner, you’ll be entitled to discounted plans, and you’ll have enhanced access to the Infinitely Virtual platform so that you can manage your customer’s virtual machines directly. You’ll also be able to buy CPU reservation, RAM and monthly transfer in bulk so that you can allocate those resources to your best advantage.

As an OEM partner, you’ll set your own rates and bill your customers, and we’ll bill you, at a discount, for the products and services you use. In addition, your company will provide all post-sales technical support.

IV Reseller

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Your company is lean and your resources are focused on sales, so you don’t have the time to bill or support additional customers, or an interest in creating your own server farm. Your company is the perfect fit for the Infinitely Virtual Reseller program.

The IV Reseller program is designed for companies that wish to sell Infinitely Virtual products and services under the IV brand. Increase sales immediately, with each transaction resulting in increased monthly revenue. All billing and post-sales support is provided by Infinitely Virtual, so you can do what you do best—make sales. And we just send you a check every month.

Offer Your Customers Great Products

With Infinitely Virtual, you’ll be able to offer your customer products that stand out in the hosting industry, including Privately Hosted Exchange (PHE) with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Outlook 2007, Virtual Terminal Server (VTS) with Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 Terminal Server, and Virtual Dedicated Servers (VDS) with either Windows or Linux operating systems. Your customers can take advantage of great options like daily backups, hardware firewalls and built-in antivirus protection.

Give Your Company an Edge with Hardware-based Virtual Servers

As an IV Reseller, you’ll be able to offer a wide array of products without incurring the upfront costs required to build an enterprise data center. You’ll also be able to choose the level at which you want to support your customers after the sale. Your company will have unique access to an innovative, hardware-based virtual infrastructure that allows you or your customers to access virtual machines over the web using our Virtual KVM; the ability to reboot virtual servers; and access to performance charts based on server statistics.

Join the Revolution

As a reseller or partner with Infinitely Virtual, you get a shopping list of benefits: continuous revenue stream, more servers for less money, unique reseller and customer features that help you sell more, and a great partner to help you win new business. And the future will be even brighter: Infinitely Virtual continues to innovate, searching for new ways to consolidate servers, increase server utilization, and reduce costs.

To become an IV Reseller, IVVAR or IVOEM partner, submit an application, or learn more about our unique offering at InfinitelyVirtual.com. If you are interested in enhancing your portfolio of products and services, increasing your sales revenue, and you think that server virtualization is the wave of the future, you should consider becoming an Infinitely Virtual Partner.

Is your company afraid of Linux? (Part 1 of 3)

10.04.2011 (12:20 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

I was driving down the road thinking about writing a bit about reliable and inexpensive backup solutions, and my thoughts kept getting interrupted with a “giant elephant in the room”, or perhaps we should call it a “Giant Penguin”?   So yeah, it became clear to me I needed to tackle the giant elephant first.  Clear the room of an uncomfortable silence and try and break the ice barriers surrounding the fear of using or switching to Linux as a side-by-side, head-to-head or mano a mano server platform.

So, tackle it we shall.  Let’s consider what are probably the top 5 Linux fears:

Linux what? Yeah, I know ‘nada’ about Linux.
Cost! Considering most Linux platforms are free, I am talking about the expertise factor, the affordability of a Linux Admin employee.
Employee knowledge transfer. What if my Linux employee leaves?
Support! Can I get server support?  And how much is that going to set me back?
Can it do the job? Can it reliably replace my Windows Server job functions?

Fear #1 (Linux what?): OK, here is an extremely short history lesson and I’ll provide links for those who can’t help that inner burning desire to know all you can know about every topic.  Linux is commonly pronounced /li’nuks/ and refers to the family of Unix-like computer operating systems using the Linux kernel and are primarily used for servers.  Basically, a guy named Linus Torvalds in 1999 rewrote Unix from scratch and made it “Open Source”. Open source in its very basic terms means it is free for anyone to use.  Keyword here is free.  Yay! right?  Well, yay if you were a University or College or some government organization like NASA.  That is about the extent for which Linux was used for many years.  Only the most geeky (yeah, that’s right) of computer geeks started to adopt Linux into personal use and eventually into business.

Fast forward 15 years(yes, we geeks adopt quickly) and Linux became the most commonly used server for web servers.  In 2009 Linux is taking a whopping 61.8% of the web server market.  That is huge especially considering the cloud computing and hosted applications movements.  Let’s bring another staggering statistic into this picture;  overall server operating system market share.  I need to set the stage before I drop this percentage bomb.

The Stage: Answer this question: How can we track overall server operating system market share? The answer to that is sales statistics.  How many purchases of the windows operating system were made versus the purchase of a server with Linux on it, or purchased through Linux giants like RedHat and Suse.  It provides a number that can be verified and tracked.  This method is unfortunately one-sided.  Microsoft doesn’t provide free downloads of it’s operating systems.  Linux operating system distribution websites do.  So when I present the next statistic please keep this thought in your mind:  For every Linux server that is tracked as a purchase, there is a very significant number of Linux downloads and installations that are not being tracked.

Even without that stage set this number is still considerable and alarming to most.  21.2% of the server operating system market, based on sales, is run by Linux.  I’ve heard through the tech grapevine that a more realistic number is about 50%, and I believe it.  This number has significant affect on the software developers of the world.  Currently more software is written for Linux than any other platform and 75% of Linux core(kernel) code is written by paid developers.

So to conclude fear #1, be assured that Linux is a server OS leader right next to Windows.  The big difference between the two in today’s server economy is Linux is on the incline.  The goal was to show that Linux is really as popular and widely used as Windows.  So fear not!   They are both synonymous with “gets the job done”.


Fear #2 to be continued…

What’s Linux Os Tips on how to Decide Most effective Linux Distribution Part I

14.02.2011 (5:37 pm) – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

Linux is an open-source operating system which is designed to compete with Microsoft Windows for a share of the raising personal computer sector. Simply because Linux is definitely an open-source OS it has been created by various communities in numerous different incarnations. Many flavours are totally free, others may not be. Some are designed for UNIX geeks and some are geared towards the common user. And so which Linux distribution is the most user friendly?

All Linux distributions have the same primary core of the Linux kernel, created by Linus Torvalds in 1991. Some people vary in the kind of alternative package of software systems that is certainly developed round the Linux kernel. They might vary in the kind of graphical user interfaces provided and every one of the utility programs applied for working numerous software. It is definitely complicated to choose the best Linux distro, for the reason that stability factors be based upon exactly what function you are using it for. Why people love Linux lie in the belief that it truly is inherently immune system to software virus attacks and is obviously no cost.

Linux Os can be installed on every pc using Power PC, Intel Chips(x64-x86) as well as AMD type Processor Architectures. There are various distributions and these can be without difficulty installed on older pc’s for instance Pentium II and performs okay for you.

The Linux os allows for user versatility while using its numerous computer software tools and features. Server administration procedures and structure, file system and Intelligent Platform Administration Interface information can also be important to cover for top Linux configuration on your notebook. Linux management can be useful for both equally export IT experts or even your individual Linux at your house.

ISO files of whole these types of processors types are independently available on the download pages of all Linux distributions. İn addition processors architectures, Linux supports almost all commonly available computer hardware just like VGA cards, Sound cards and so on

For a extra comprehensive examine the Linux os and it’s about 600 distributions, feel free to visit the Linux or Ubuntu internet sites. Prior to setting up Linux on your notebook, it is critical to look at your hard-drive speed since this would make a recognizable difference in the installation process. Probably the most typical difficulties with Linux on laptop computers is definitely deficiency of hardware support. This matter has been amazingly enhanced in latest editions of the Linux operating system

This article orginally from here “What’s Linux Os Tips on how to Decide Most effective Linux Distribution Part I

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