X Server on Windows using Xming

I have been exploring the use of virtual machine images for web applications recently, and found a tension between easy development (which realistically requires a GUI these days) and small, efficient deployment. So, after years of separation, I find myself back at the point of using X Windows to run “remote” applications using the display, …

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Dynamically provision virtual machines from ruby with Vagrant

I have been doing a lot of work with virtual machines recently. It’s a great way to sidestep machine-specific issues (Windows, I’m looking at you) and set up a consistent development/deployment environment. However, downloading, installing, updating and setting up each new image has been increasingly tedious. Vagrant looks like a brilliant idea to enable automation …

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Citrix Gives away XenServer for Free

They spin it as a way to promote their associated services. More cynically I;’m guessing they are scared of losing their business to Amazon and Google, who can offer much broader cloud offerings and are gobbling up the cloud market. On the other hand, if you are actually interested in setting up your own local …

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How Difficult Is Securing Cloud Platforms?

In my dark moments I worry about the security of cloud computing. I used to be pretty upbeat about security, until some servers I was using to run a small specialist java hosting business were hacked. This resulted in the collapse of that business and the loss of several customer sites. Since then I have …

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Are Thoughtworks’ products (and product sales) really so rubbish?

I’m tired, and I’m cross. Last night I was up too late, and this morning I have wasted another few hours. All trying to do something which should be simple – evaluate some products from the well-known software consultancy “Thoughtworks”. And so far I still have not succeeded. It all started so simple. I was …

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Evan Bottcher » Blog Archive » Linux at work again!

I’ve been intending to install Ubuntu Hardy Heron in a virtual machine for a while now, but have been scared off a bit by reports of incompatibilities with the cleverer bits of virtual/real interaction. It’s a shame, because I am thoroughly enjoying using a bare-metal installation, and would like the flexibility and portability of using …

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