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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Well things are finally starting to settle down here, although still living with the in-laws, there are plenty of benefits that offset this handsomely - plenty of space, a very nice view, swimming pool, cellar, etc...  ;-)  (Photos to follow)

What is nice is that we now have a landline that works, along with a reasonable ADSL connection, and to this I have attached what's called an Engin Voice Box Series3. Essentially this is a Netgear device as detailed below

The engin Voice Box series 3 combines all of the following in one small device:

  • ADSL2+ modem – fast connection to the Internet
  • SPI Firewall Router – Internet security + networking functionality
  • 4 port Switch – Connect multiple PC’s/Laptops to the one Internet connection.
  • Wireless Access Point – Connect laptops to the Internet over a wireless connection
  • Phone Ports – Connect up to two regular telephones to use your engin service
  • PSTN Port – Connect your existing landline so you can receive phone calls from your existing phone number.

Quite nifty and certainly looks like it'll do the business. Good news is that I can trial it at the in-laws and see how good it is? ;-))

Anyway, now that I have a decent PC/Server up and running again and attached via ADSL I have VMware running various labs as well as an Apple Mac OS 10.4 Tiger, and Vista. It was very nice to get the Mac running attached via the Bridged connection and then it started to prompt me that it wanted to update iTunes and Quicktime - very sweet.

While running Vista and Mac side by side it's also curious to note that there are lots of similarities between the two and I can't help thinking that as a Windows devotee I have been missing on some of this for a while? It's certainly starting to influence my thinking regarding the sort of device I'd like to purchase/deploy for use in the home for displaying Internet content up to the TV. I must admit it if it was just a choice between the Xbox 360 and the Mac mini - I'm starting to think the Mac mini would be the deal....

But the Marketing behind the Vista sure looks good?

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2006 12:57 AM Real Cool Stuff , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top


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