Posts Tagged ‘linux’


July 17, 2009

Hello all.

Just came across a new (to me) distro called Ultilex.

It is a bootable cd with a difference. When it boots, it goes to a menu of 5 different distros: Slax, Puppy, Tiny Core, PartedMagic and SystemRescueCD. Even more than this each distro has a number of boot options to install on I think any type of intel system, even quite small/old systems. There are even some 64bit options as well.

I have tried several in Virtualbox and they all seem to work well.
It just gets better! – there are also instructions to put it all on a usb stick. I haven’t found any downside to this yet, so it will become my main ‘rescue’ cd from now on and will repace several others.

Keep an eye on this ‘cos its going to do well!


virtualbox 3

July 13, 2009

Virtualbox storms along at a good pace.
I started with VMware many moons ago but when I heard of VBox I had to try it!
I ran both for a while as Vbox was tricky to set network bridges up and Vmware was so much easier. I preferred Vbox tho, and waited for them to make bridges easier, and they did!
Since then I have converted all my old vmdk’s to vdi’s and haven’t used vmware since. (I may use vmplayer if I need to run Win95/98 etc. but I will try to resist!)

Any way my scenario is as follows:
a. Hardy host with VBox 2.2 with the following guests:
b. Jaunty (evaluation to update hardy host when stable)
c. Puppy (I always have a Puppy linux available!)
d. ‘TEST’ for just checking iso’s are bootable before burning, and evaluating new OS’es – currently having trouble getting slackware 12.2 to boot after install…
e. Solaris – jumpstart server
f. Win2k – slower
g. WinXP – slow
h. Vista – slowest
i. Win7 – snail

Jaunty, Puppy, Vista are kept as saved systems (Vista ocasionally rebooted when nothing else going on)
Jaunty is my main desktop (Kubuntu) while I migrate apps from Hardy – currently having problems with akregator – crashes and asks for debug stuff to be sent to somewhere – but then debug crashes so no output to send! running it from console now so stdout might contain something useful.

So that’s me for now – looking forward to tesing VBOX 3 (haven’t got an smp to test with but will play with new gui features)

see you next time…