Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Open source software display on Windows
by Rich3800 on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 15:15 UTC
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I am introducing my users to open source software by having a Linux virtual machine run on a Windows host. My internet connection comes in courtesy of a tethered Android phone. The tethering software requires Windows. The virtual machine gets internet access through a virtual NAT interface. The host connects to the virtual machine using RDC. Is the machine running Windows? Yes and no. Yes, to the trained eye. One might recognize the Windows theme surrounding the RDC application window. No, to the unitiated, it would be running Linux, running few, if any of the standard Windows applications. The backend is Windows-based but the front-end is Linux-based. In this setup, the Linux apps (and the Windows apps) get to use the internet access provided by Windows. What users see here is Linux.

Edited 2012-01-03 15:33 UTC

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