Run Windows Apps on Linux using 2X ApplicationServer

I recently read an article describing how to run Windows apps on Linux using 2X ApplicationServer with Windows running as a virtual machine (VM) on the local system. It's a really cool sounding idea and overcomes some of the compatibility problems of Wine, but always having a Windows VM active consumes a lot of resources and may not always be the best solution. If you are running in a networked environment, and have an available computer running Windows, a better solution may be running the applications directly from that one system.

When did Linux become your primary OS?

I'm very interested to find out what percentage of visitors are new to Linux versus those who have been users for a number of years already. How long have you considered Linux to be your primary OS? If it is not your preferred OS, do you have any plans to switch in the future.

I created a poll investigating this question. Please vote for the range where you began identifying yourself as primarily a Linux user.

The poll can be found here.

When did Linux become your primary OS?

Before 1997
6% (170 votes)
1997-2000
10% (305 votes)
2001-2002
9% (284 votes)
2003-2004
13% (401 votes)
2005
10% (300 votes)
2006
24% (746 votes)
Planning to in 2007
15% (446 votes)
Maybe later
10% (310 votes)
I'll never switch
3% (96 votes)
Total votes: 3058

A dvd::rip Tip

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After my previous post on dvd::rip, I continued to experiment with batch processing that would allow me to have titles from multiple DVD's in the queue at the same time. Fortunately, the method didn't take long to discover and before long I was up and running more efficiently than I ever had been before. Here's how I did it.

BasKet 1.0 Released

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BasKet reached its milestone 1.0 release today. It fixes a number of reported crashes and should be more stable than previous versions. Kontact integration for KDE 3.5.6 now works as well. There are also many useability improvements.

Some notable feature additions are: the ability to export baskets as archives and open them on another computer; easy import from text files; the ability to customize the directory where baskets are stored; and easy backup and restore.

The full changelist can be viewed here.

Unifying Desktop Search

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Wasabi is a new proposal on FreeDesktop.org for a unified desktop search and metadata specification. I'm not qualified to comment on the specifics of the proposal, but I definitely like the vision. Over the past month I had been thinking that an API was needed so I'm pleased to see that others are already ahead of me. Getting this done is the first step towards making desktop search a truly useful feature that's good for more than just searching archives.

Amarok 1.4.5 Released

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Amarok 1.4.5 was released today. The next version will be 2.0. It will be based on Qt4/KDE4.

Some of the notable improvements in 1.4.5 include:

  • An integrated Shoutcast stream directory.
  • Support for custom labels. Organize your music how you want.
  • Magnatune redownload manager allows re-download of any previous purchase free of charge (in any format).
  • Improved sound quality when using the equalizer with xine.
  • Support for Speex (.spx), WavPack (.wv) and TrueAudio (.tta) files in the collection thanks to taglib plugins.
  • Search inside of lyrics using "/" in the Context Browser.
  • Download songs from Shared Music (DAAP) directly into the collection.

The full details are available here.