windows

Microsoft Windows or Windows is a metafamily of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft. [read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Windows]

  • Are Anti virus and Windows not flawed???

    It can't be that my anti virus want to scan my disk every  day (default settings) and take 23 hours to do so.

    • Either windows stop and sandbox all applications using an hypervisor...and KNOW what
      applications are doing or what is written down to disk so the anti virus scan can be optimized
    • Or disks must be a lot faster! my 3 eclipse version and 10 workspaces (1'500'000 java files) are clearly
      showing the limit of actual hard disks. Defrag is done on a weekly basis...

    At the end, these anti virus are just sucking my CPU brute power (peak 20%) and worst of all a good part of IO
    power, and trust me windows IO are just hilarious compared to Linux, try eclipse under Linux it just fly!

    AntiVirusFlawed

    Pictured is AVG but this post is not targeted against it. They are ALL ridiculously slow.

    Windows just can't protect itself from Internet and mitigate attacks that it need a range of 3rd
    party software...sucking power and my time. We are far away from the Internet OS

  • BSoD triggered by a memory stick

    bsod.windows.xp.01 bsod.windows.xp.02

    The Blue Screen of Death (also known as a stop error, BSoD, bluescreen, or Blue Screen of Doom) is a colloquialism used for the error screen displayed by some operating systems, most notably Microsoft Windows, after encountering a critical system error which can cause the system to shut down to prevent damage. According to Microsoft, bluescreens on NT-based Windows systems are usually caused by poorly-written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware. [from WIKIPedia]

  • Convert Physical Windows Systems Into Virtual Machines To Be Run On A Linux Desktop

    This article shows how you can convert a physical Windows system (XP, 2003, 2000, NT4 SP4+) into a VMware virtual machine with the free VMware Converter Starter. The resulting virtual machine can be run in the free VMware Player and VMware Server, and also in VMware Workstation and other VMware products. Vmware Converter comes in handy if you want to switch to a Linux desktop, but feel the need to run your old Windows desktop from time to time. By converting your Windows desktop into a virtual machine, you can run it under VMware Server/Player, etc. on your Linux desktop.

    I Will try that this week end!

  • How to Secure Your Windows Computer and Protect Your Privacy

    Anybody using internet should really read this article. While targeted at windows users, most of the
    rules also apply to users of Linux and mac.

    "Security consultant Howard Fosdick has contributed the latest entry in the
    2008 OSNews Article Contest: a highly detailed examination of security and privacy on the
    Windows platform, and how to use free
    software tools and a little knowledge to protect your privacy online.
    Do you know that --

    • Windows secretly records all the web sites you've ever visited?
    • After you delete your Outlook emails and empty the Waste Basket, someone could still
      read your email?
    • After you delete a file and empty the Recycle Bin, the file still exists?
    • Your computer might run software that spies on you?
    • Your computer might be a bot , a slave computer waiting to perform tasks assigned
      by a remote master?
    • The web sites you visit might be able to compile a complete dossier of your online activities?
    • Microsoft Word and Excel documents contain secret keys that uniquely identify you? They also
      collect statistics telling anyone how long you spent working on them and when. "
  • Linux And Non MS OSes - Switching To Linux Checklist

    What You will have to check before trying to install a Linux machine
    If you've heard about Linux and feel like giving it a go or if you want to try Linux but you're too afraid it'll shew up your computer, this article is for you. Read it, feel free to take what you need and ignore the rest. This is not a tutorial, it's a README-FIRST-like article. It should help you to take that first dive. read more
    HERE atwww.osnews.com
  • Linux has a better TCO than 30%

    According to the latest studies in germany (companies not affiliate with M$).

    But what is the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)?? The table below show You the main differences between
    Free Softwares and Proprietary Softwares TCO.

     Free Softwares and Proprietary Softwares TCO.
    All Costs = TCO Free Softwares Proprietary Softwares
    Buy the software 0 $
    Configuration - installation $ $
    Deployment $ $
    Training $ $
    Curative maintenance $ $
    Preventive maintenance $ $$
    Corrective maintenance $ $$
    Adaptative maintenance $ $$
    Evolutive maintenance $ $
    Respect standards $ $$$
    Interoperability $ $$
    Hardware compatibility $ $
    Security: resisting to intrusions $ $$$
    Security: resisting to virus $ $$$
    Necessity to replace
    regurly equipmeent
    $ $$$
    Dependency to a company $ $$$

    Source : Eikonex - Free softwarehttp://www.eikonex.net/pdf/hab-FAQ-3.html

  • Linux is Not Windows

    A very good article; worth reading to better understand the difference between Linux and Windows and motivate an eventual switch...

     !=
    "Too many people think that migrating from Windows to Linux is like switching from a BMW to a Mercedes. They think that the controls should be the same, their experience should transfer directly, and all differences should be largely cosmetic. They think that "I need a car to use a road, I need an OS to use a computer. Cars all work the same way, therefore OSes should all work the same way." But this is not accurate. "I need a vehicle to use a road, I need an OS to use a computer. I know how to drive a car, I'm ignorant about motorbikes. I know how to use Windows, I'm ignorant about Linux." - this is accurate."

    Read more here; also tranlate in 8 languages

  • Logiciel OEM si je veut!!!

    Depuis l'apparition de la vente sous licence OEM (très restrictives par rapport à leur équivalent boite) des logiciels Microsoft, tous les constructeurs en profitent pour conditionner l'achat de votre matériel à la vente de tous les logiciels qu'ils auront choisi pour vous.
    La Commission Européenne, à l'émergence de ce problème, avait déjà demandé à Microsoft de prendre l'engagement de ne pas forcer les constructeurs à livrer son OS. Il semble que d'après les résultats, d'autres pressions existent toujours dans ce sens. De plus, cet engagement devrait être valable pour tous les acteurs du secteur logiciel. Ce site vous explique comment faire valoir vos droits et gagner 20 à 25% du prix d'une configuration.

  • Maximise you screen with winsplit revolution

    WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning your windows to make the best use of your desktop real estate.

    WinSplit is especially useful for high-end LCD screens with big resolutions because it helps you to efficiently manage many active windows.

    Modern day monitors continually provide higher resolutions and for this reason I developed a simple program that permits you to "divide" your screen into several parts, halves, thirds, fourths, etc...
    For instance, a window can be resized and moved to left half or the right half or top or corner... of the screen.

    Start it and It will stay resident in the taskbar

     

     CTRL-ALT_M and it will make a mosai, it also support dual screens ;-)

     

    I really like this small freeware a lot, download it here 

  • Metro: another tentative of user lock-in?

    Another lock-in of users  format full of promise by Microsoft: Metro
    Metro will be based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language), an open standard widely used on the internet.
    read more here:
    Metro is basically M$ response to the widely use Adobe PDF (Portable Document File) file format...There is some articles which try to explain why M$ is now trying to control PDF:  Microsoft gunning for Adobe's PDF format? and  Microsoft Metro Threatens Adobe Acrobat, a very good article on what Metro may change in our lives.

    Metro Specification and Reference Guide is available on M$ HERE

    Note: If You ever want to create, read, modifiy PDF using Java, there is a huge list of open source libraries and tools list HERE

  • Migration to linux

    What a windows users do need to install or use in SUSE 9 to complete the same tasks he get use to in Windows?.
    What were the difficulties encountered and what are the potential weakness of SuSE 9 distribution?

    Migration to linux

    Round 2

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2003 Walter Cédric.

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    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
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    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".


    Purpose
    What a windows users do need to install or use in SUSE 9 to complete the same tasks he get use to in Windows?. What were the difficulties encountered and what are the potential weakness of SuSE 9 distribution?.

    Background
    I am using Windows since 10 years now, what decide me to switch all my personal PC (2) to Linux is
    here. I decide to try a completely free and open source Operating System to do my everyday private job....or better said some tasks....This small review has been done during evenings while watching TV, chatting on MSN, , I have only taking notes on my notebook while playing with SUSE. I hope that the quality will be good enough and that it may convince You to give SUSE or Linux in general a try.

    New 21.01.2003, my anti virusAVG (free edition) was running under Windows 2000 SP5, I encounter an electricity problem, Pc reboot, since this event I can not start my system anymore! safe mode, last good configuration, scandisk, nothing work. The anti virus may have let some file open, since I get a blue screen with an error message saying: can not get exclusive access to the disk....an opportunities to kill my multi boot and only use Linux SuSE, I do not regret the switch since..

    New 12.04.2004 My corporate ladtop running under M$ XP sp1, was defragmenting my Maxtor 250Gb external harddisk (FAT32) when the system hang. Rebooting windows has destruct the filesystem and leave me with a 'disk I/O error' and a blank disk! (Real men dont do backup but they often cry.....I was really pissed of at that time, lossing 180Gb of data is really a bad experience), I've tried to recover the data with scandisk, and Norton Disk Doctor 2004 (report error 'no filesystem' ) without any success :-( Last chance was my second PC running Suse Linux, MIRACLE, I've recover most of the data (95%) since Linux has mount and read all data from the damaged disk. Conclusions: defragmenting is dangerous! I consider now windows as a joke and I won't ever install a non journalised and transactionnal filesystem....Reiserfs 4 will be my next filesystem and I will replace my PC2 (w2k) with Linux SuSE 9.1 when it will be available.

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop Netgear DG 834G modem-router-switch-wireless (internal kernel is also running
    a Linux 2.4.17 on mips processor, as you see Linux is everywhere )

    Evening 1

    Note all these screenshot has been done with KSnapshot, finding this application was quite easy even if the menu contains a lot of entries, you can locate it under Utilities - Desktop - KSnapshot. I must admit that due to the huge number of shipped applications, SUSE has done a good sorting job in this menu. Of course you must know what you want to start or which task you want to acomplish

    menusSortingPerfect.gif

    Regret I browse thee documentation of KSnapshot and did not find any shortcuts/hotkey to trigger the screenshot....Naivement, I 've try the magic windows key combination, ALT-PRTSC or PRTSC, but it does not work....so I decide then to search on google...."ksnapshot shortcut" give me the answer, CTRL-SHIFT-S which is documented in a "KDE-cvs-digest" as a "backdoor". I see here a documentation potential :-)

    Setting the resolution of screen

    YAST require to switch to root mode, I was quite impressed by the list of available monitor driver (I have a Syncmaster Samsung 191N) but sad when I saw, it was not in the list (the 181 is), I decide to browse through the list of available brand searching for a generic driver like in windows advance control panel, Bingo there is a "->LCD" monitor section, restart the desktop engine (X server) by logging out and I am done. It seem that there is till now always a solution, all you have to do is to search a little bit which is also good too because you can only be a better user...

    yastSettingMonitor.gif

    Since I have installed SUSE in a multi boot system, in Kexplorer (both a browser and a file manager and...see section below) all windows drive are not visible in the /mount directory like on any linux system but grouped in a /windows/ This disturb me 10s but I find it.

    As default you can not write on NTFS drive(Note kernel 2.6 should support full read/write operation on NTFS), so I decide to activate this feature since everywhere on internet, you can read that SUSE 9.0 support it (SUSE bring some new features from kernel 2.6 back to 2.4.21 like 64-bit support, journaling file system, improve security, low latence of scheduling, power management for notebook and improvment in the sound-system architecture. Trying to be a good user, I start the SUSE helpCenter and search for an article which speak of NTFS..

    helCenter.gif

    I have found only recommendation for resizing or formatting the system during the installation of SUSE. One solution among others is to move all data from NTFS drive (full NTFS read support) to a Linux space then format back to FAT32....Operation done with Konqueror, the file manager. I already mention that I prefer to have a clone of Norton Commander.

    Java support

    Konqueror the default internet browser fully support Java, but it was not the case of the third party browser Opera I've installed or better said, Opera did not locate correctly the default JRE (Java Runtime Environment), so I need the feel to install the latest Java VM manually. Checking Konqueror settings shows that java is installed in /usr/lib/java2/bin/java

    installingJava.gif

    Go to www.java.com and download the self installer (2 links are provided a .bin and a .rpm and both are self extracting, confusing....), I choose the .bin file and that force me to set attribute of file to executable (right click on file then properties) to uncompress the .bin

    unixPermissions.gif  
    In linux world, a file can only be
    execute if it has it X flag set to 1
    User is the currently logged user
    Group is a set of user
    Others are...others!

    You get a file with an extension .rpm, many alternatives, choose one of the 3 below you prefer.

    1. Open a Terminal, log a root (type # su ) then type # rpm -iv filename
    2. You can use Konqueror and right click open with...Kpackage, a small utilities, then enter root password.
    3. You can use Konqueror and click directly on the rmp and YaST wll start up.

    Anyway, I choose one and continue my tour....In opera I set in preferences - Multimedia- Java Path to /usr/lib/SunJava2-1.4.2/jre/lib/i386 and then my java appear on my homepage, done

     

    Online Update

    are done through....YaST of course,(YaST I am know getting used to that name), software - online update to get the latest recommended patches and security fixes from one of the available SUSE server. 15 servers are installed: 13 are located in Europe and 1 in USA. The latest server is a free choice, you can also define Your own server. I choose 3 differents servers (primary in Germany) and all were working.

    yastOnlineUpdate.gifonlineUpdateYast.gif

    Another way to be always informed about the status of possible update is to look at the SuseWatcher icon in the system tray, identic to the windows update icon. The icon color can change if something is available on the server.

    susewatcher.gif

    Internet browsing

    I like Opera so much that I have acquire a licence (previously for Windows and now for Linux), I have also choose Opera under Linux and I do not regret it, even if it is not open source.

    Instant messaging

    Under internet - Chat You can find a lot of tools installed as default like:

    • Gaim,Kopete, gnomeICU which are multi protocol instant messaging, (I decide to choose Kopete, but I will try all others in the future)
    • Or some specifics application related to specific protocol:
      • KVIrc, KSirc, XChat IRC (IRC)
      • KXicq2 (ICQ)
      • others Kinkatta, Kit, Konversation

    With Kopete, I was able to define ICQ, MSN, Jabber in less than 5 minutes without knowing the GUI at all! really impressive (If you can do it in windows, you can do it in Suse is now my new motto!), I am still trying to customize the GUI (like in my windows IM www.miranda-im.org) because I find that Kopetetake too much desktop space.

    instantMessaging.gif

    A set of interesting plugin is provided as default: encryption, emoticons, history of messages, web presence (upload your IM status to a homepage or a server)...A lot of features, but Webcam and Whiteboard capabilities are still missing. For sure there will be a plugin soon or at least a GNU tool for this somewhere in SUSE

    instantMessagingPlugins.gif

    For me, Instant Messaging is ok and I can live with Kopete.

    Mp3 and audio content.

    Using Konqueror, I try to locate my favorites mp3 directory in order to launch some mp3, XMMS start as default, I've heard that this player is quite good, the default skins is based on SUSE colors, mainly green with a chameleon (see pic), This skins is acceptable for a user but not for someone who has already use Winamp's MMd3 or EMP skin (but this is personal). I take google to see if there is something else to download, official homepage is here .http://www.xmms.org/skins.php but skins section is down (after a disk crash but it will reopen). Winamp skins seems to be incompatible with XMMS and there is no converter available

    listenMp3XMMS.gif Coming soon    
    XMMS the default mp3 player Use winamp 3 under Wine    

    Viewing file using Konqueror

    Konqueror is the default file manager and web browser, It is a central application in all KDE desktop. It has a lot of functionnalities (some people may say too much), and its own control panel.
    Viewing pictures with it is "slow" (dir has 26 pictures, mean size is 80kb) and it took several seconds (I am not comparing to Windows thumbnails feature, but with ACDsee). Entering twice in the directory do not create additional performance loss, since images are cached (default cache size is set to 1Mb) Windows, ACDsee and others tools use the same tricks.

    Hovering over pictures and files create a autozoom...this is a nice features (working with txt file, configuraton, pdf) and is fast, during the build of a directory, the auto zooming display some strange result (especially if you have different file type like pdf, txt, jpg all together in one directory), but it is working and has not crash during the past 10 days (I must be lucky some people will say)

    konquerorContextualMenu.gif konquerorTipsOverImages.gif konquerorHoveringOverFile.gif konquerorSettings.gif
    Contextual menu Hovering over images Hovering over file Konqueror settings, hierachical panel
    duee to huge number of options.
    • I still prefer a Norton Commander (because of the dual panel), so I am hunting on internet and found XNC 5.0 but no precompiled rpm for SUSE. this oblige me to compile the source code...
    • Path to file is difficult to keep in mind (mainly because there is no more drive letter, I only need some practice...), but you can define favorites


    xnc 5.04 running in suse 9.0
    My first compilation of a package

    Source code tarball installation must be done under root user:
    Since it is a tar, You can unpack archive with 'tar zxvf filename' or 'gunzip -c filename | tar xvf -'
    or use Konqueror and arrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Go to xnc-5.x.x directory
    Run '
    ./configure'. For configure options see output of './configure --help'
    Run '
    make'
    Run '
    make install' under root. This operation install files to Your computer.
    You need to run 'xncsetup' for each user who wants to run xnc.
    Configure Your environment with xncsetup and press 'Save' button.

    PS: If you have troubles compiling XNC try run
    './configure --disable-shared' and then make again.


    XNC is also downloable for SuSe 9.0 here on my homepage :xnc-5.0.4-1.i586.suse9.0.rpm

    mcommander.png

    Midnight Commander is a clone of Norton Commander running in a terminal (just type mc)
    http://krusader.sourceforge.net/



    Krusader

    "Krusader is an advanced twin-panel (commander-style) file-manager for KDE 3.x (similar to Midnight or Total Commander) but with many extras. It provides all the file-management features you could possibly want.
    Plus: extensive archive handling, mounted filesystem support, FTP, advanced search module, viewer/editor, directory synchronisation, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming and much much more.
    It supports the following archive formats: tar, zip, bzip2, gzip, rar, ace, arj and rpm and can handle other KIOSlaves such as smb:// or fish://
    It is (almost) completely customizable, very user friendly, fast and looks great on your desktop! :-)"
    I am using it every day, and it is probably the one which has the better GUI

    XNC is also downloable for SuSe 9.0 here :xnc-5.0.4-1.i586.suse9.0.rpm

    Midnight Commander is a clone of Norton Commander running in a terminal (just type mc)

    mcommander.png

     

     

    USB support (Key)

    I mount a USB Key brand Apacer AP-MKSRU10(impossible to find a picture on internet, very cheap version 8â?¬)which use Sony Memory Stick , after a beep, the drive was recognized and in use. An icons was created on the desktop. The beep is immediate but it take sometimes several seconds till the removable drive is recognized. No problems transfer rates seem to be exactly the same as under Windows 2000.

    usbsupport.gif

    Usb key support, only mounting name is strange

    Evening 2

    Security, password policy, settings and firewall

    • Can be done in YaST, all setting are always done with th help of assistants, a meaninful documentation is always displayed on the left. No need to push a button or to hover on some part of the GUI like in Windows control panel.
    • NAT (Network Adress Translation) which consist of hiding the real internet adresses of your machine by hiding it behind the firewall adress is supported and with only a checkbox
    • You can block some Linux services (Webserver, Mail Server) or define your own.
    • I am still searching in the YaST GUI for port forwarding capabilities and firewall rules (TCP-UDP and direction). It seems that you must deal with the config file of the firewall directly. (/etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2)
    yastsecurity.gif yastsecurity1.gif yastsecurity2.gif
    Security settings is a part of YaST Password is limited to 8 character in
    DES mode.
    Firewall settings are not complete. 4 Steps
    is clearly not enough

    Even if the first part of the setting is done with an assistant, I think that SuSE need to enhance the configuration of it's firewall. I do not want to dedicate a machine for running my firewall even if it is does not give the same security. My router is a Netgear 614 without firewall, but my other PC use a Netgear 634g which has one...

    YaST the configuration utility, but what can YaST do for You?

    A lot of things, see below the table. Clicking on a subsection always start an assistant that drive the user and give him succinct but understantable explanations.

    Software
    • Change Source of Installation
    • Install and Remove Software
    • Online Update
    • Patch CD Update
    • System Update
    Hardware
    • CD-ROM drives
    • Disk Controller
    • Graphics cards and monitor
    • Hardware information
    • IDE DMA Mode
    • Joystick
    • Printer
    • Scanner
    • Select Mouse Model
    • Sound
    • TV Card
    Network Devices
    • DSL
    • Fax
    • ISDN
    • Modem
    • Networl card
    • Phone Answering machine
    Network Devices
    • DHCP server
    • DNS server
    • DNS and Host Name
    • HTTP Server
    • Host Names
    • Kerberos Client
    • LDAP client
    • Mail Transfer Agent
    • NFS Client and Server
    • NIS client
    • NTP Client
    • Network Services
    • Proxy
    • Routing
    • Samba Client and Server
    • TFTP Server
     
    Security and Users
    • Edit and create groups
    • Edit and Create Users
    • Firewall
    • Security Settings
    System
    • Boot Loader
    • Choose Language
    • Create a boot rescue disk
    • Editor for /etc/ sysconfig files
    • LVM
    • Partioner
    • Powertweak Config.
    • Profile manager
    • Restore System
    • Runlevel Editor
    • Select Keyboard layout
    • Select Time Zone
    • System Backup
    Misc.
    • Load Vendor Driver CD
    • Post a support Query
    • View Statup log
    • View System Log

     

    Screensavers

    Don't laugh! a good screensaver is part of a personal computer even if it no more needed (TFT screens are good enough to not be damaged by a fix picture)

    screensavers.gif
    • Suse has a lot of screensavers, a lot of them seems to be quite old or was in use in low end PC: character base or line base screensaver,
    • Those I prefer are all GL (Glide undestand openGl accelerated) based: Euphoria, Flux, Lament, Solar Wind
    • I like Vector Balls and Particles system since I've seen them on Amiga: Flow, Particle Fountain.
    • Matrix is provided as default!

    What I dislike is that it is not possible to define a list of prefered screensavers.In the End, ANY User will be satisfied with the number and diversity of screensavers.

    Emule, a P2P network under Linux

    Who is using emule under windows? hum? not You? so jump to the next section

    Install Lmule
    http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/lmule/
    lmule_logo_new_gray.gif
    Install these 3 rpm in this order
    by typing rpm -ihv --nodeps filename.rpm
    OR clicking on rpm file in Konqueror
    wxGTK-2.4.0-1.SuSE81.i386.rpm
    wxGTK-devel-2.4.0-1.SuSE81.i386.rpm
    lmule-1.2.1-1.SuSE81.i386.rpm


    Changee to /usr/bin and type ./lmule
    Install Emule under theWine emulator
    Does not work with all version of emule, not an option as today
    Install http://sharedaemon.sourceforge.net
    The core engine is not available, expect delivery in Q1 2004
    Use http://xmule.org version 1.7.1
    But it seem discontinued...Interface match the windows version.
    xmule1.gif
    Usehttp://amule.sourceforge.net It is working!!!!
    amule.gif
    1. Locate all rpm in download section. You need 2 gtk rpm and 1 amule.rpm
    2. Click on each of them in Konqueror but install first GTK librairies
    3. After install of amule.rpm, you can start it under the menu - internet - More Programs - amule

    You can reuse the uncomplete part and .met files from the emule windows version


    OVERNET another P2P network under Linux


    Go to www.overnet.com and download the core (an executable file running in command line mode)
    You need a GUI, this one is available at http://ed2k-gtk-gui.sourceforge.net/download.shtml it is a rpm
    Start the gui by typing /usr/bin/ed2k_gui in konqueror
    The tool ask you to locate the core, here I save it under /home/elta68/.overnet/core/overnet0.51.2
    Choose a user name, a password and click "spawn core" then "go", you are now connected, share some files and here we go, download!!!!!!
    overnet gui settings for suse 9overnet running

    Evening 3

    Burning CD

    Burning CD tools can be found under Multimedia - CD/DVD Burning. 2 software are installed as default: K3b and cdbakeoven. The about K3b display the release number 0.10! this is disturbing me, is it stable when you ship anything with 0.10?

    burnincd.gif burnincd2.gif burnincd3.gif burnincd4.gif  
    1. Starting K3b 2. use the assistant, here I select
    Create a Data CD
    3. Use the file explorer to locate file you want to burn
    • Windows drive (NTFS - FAT32) are located in /windows/
    • You can give a name to your compilation, right click rename on the root..
    • The space left and consume on CD disk is displayed like in any burning software.
    • The GUI is very similar to EasyCD creator
    4 click burn and choose burning options
    • Speed (I have a 16X) but only 14X is available
    • Writing mode: DAO, TAO, RAW
    • Type of session
    • Volume CD-Test
    • and filesystems and misc options.

    I do not see any options missing, except an assistant for some protections schemes....(Securoom, Safedisk)

     
    burnincd5.gif burnincd6.gif   burnincd7.gif  
    Burning took 4:30 minutes for 594MB and mean speed was 12X If you want to create an audio CD
    • You can not directly use mp3 files but need to convert them back to wav with winamp for example.
    • You can also right click on a file and play it.
    In the menu tools:
    • CD-RW are supported (with Erase support of course)
    • Copy CD or Clone CD
    • Burn image ISO, BIN and CUE: CCD are missing.
    • Copy DVD, format DVD-RW, Burn ISO image...
    Control panel
    • It support plugins, only 3 are installed: mainly Audio Decoder and Audio Encoder and external programs to work properly. Highly extensible design is always good.
    • The control panel follow the same clarity guidelines as the whole KDE, which are good..
     
    • Following CD projects are possible: Audio CD, Data CD, Mixed mode CD, Video cd, eMovix CD, Data DVD, eMovix DVD. As you see everything is also present.
    • What is unknow is the abilty of K3b to handle protected CD....Of course nobody of us are using CloneCD, AlcoholSoft, NeroBurning to copy protected CD.....so it is not really an issue or?
    • Of course I need to burn more than 2 CD to be able to give an opinion on K3b, and I am convince that it is easy to find some better reviews on internet. What I can say is that K3b will cover my personal use
    • Creating CD is as simple as with EasyCD Creator or Nero
    • For resuming, whaouuuh so much functionnality for a release 0.10...

    DVD, multimedia, Divx, Xvid

    DVD For some obscur reasons (juridical) It is not possible to play encrypted DVD on linux, if you search on www.google.com you will find a lot of tutorials and the librairies. Here is an extract of the manual:an
    "For the playback of encrypted DVD movies you need a CSS decoder and the codecs (video format files) for ac3 (Dolby Digital) and mpeg2, which we cannot enclose with SUSE LINUX for legal reasons."

    Library to access encrypted DVDs also a CSS decoder can be found if You use the search engine at

    http://rpm.pbone.net/ OR
    http://rpmseek.com
    Divx
    XVID

    Kaffeineis a GUI for Xine library (the video engine), for the same reasons, divx drivers are not shipped with SuSe (in windows it is the same...)

    Use the site rpm.pbone.net to locate the XVID drivers or use the site of packman ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/ and more precisely ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/pub/packman/suse/9.0/i586/ I choose the XVID 0.9.2

    In order to read and write compressed AVI files (indeo and divx), Linux can reuse the Win32 library of Windows Media Player 9 (wmv9dmod.dll wmvdmod.dll wma9dmod.dll wmadmod.dll wmspdmod.dll), You can find them at http://avifile.sourceforge.net/ in the file "wm9 DMO dlls", just copy them to /usr/lib/win32/ and Kaffeine will find them (Operation done as root user and do not forget to give read and execute rights on file chmod 655 *.dll). If you want a more complete package, packman has all dlls required (9.2mo) at http://packman.links2linux.de

    I encounter a lot of difficulties, and 70% of my video were not working, I decide to install the latest xine librairies (1.1rc3) and the latest kaffeine (0.4.1) AND NOW EVERYTHING IS WORKING great, I hope that suse will provide it with an update as soon as possible...

    CD audio Put the CD in the drive and it begin to play automatically.
       

     

    Windows network connectivity

    It seems that connecting SuSE to another remote windows desktop is not as easy as in the windows world...I have found the iconse "Local Network" but nothing was found. There is an interesting documentation in the help center "Linux in the network" speaking about Samba (a layer on top of TCPIP) which help to connect heterogenous computer (MAC, Windows, Linux, others which have this layer). Microsoft implements this layer after pressure of IBM....:-) A good documentation but what I want is 3 uses cases::

    • 1. How Linux can access to a Windows machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?
    • 2. How Windows can access to Linux machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    You must use Samba for all above.

    1. How Linux can access to a Windows machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    A lot of FAQ and Howto can be found with google, use the keywords: "linux windows smb howto"

    In Yast go to "Network Services" then
    "Samba Client" anfd enter the name of your windows workgroup
    Then Open a terminal and test if your client (Linux) can see some windows shares Or use Konqueror and type in the adress bar:
    smb://193.168.0.3/share1
    You can then add this share as favorite
      smbclient -L ipadress (giving the computer name do not work with me, my pc is named "Raptor")
    smbclientTerminal.jpg
    smbInKonqueror.jpg

    If these steps are working, you can add definitively in /etc/samba/smb.conf the remote windows share, either with the YaST gui or with a text editor.

    2. How Windows can access to Linux machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    n Yast go to "Network Services" then
    "Samba Server" and enter the name of your windows workgroup
    On the second page, click advanced and define all share directory Windows shall see
    Only regret, you can not set rights (read only, read write) as if you open directly the file /etc/samba/smb.conf
     
    sambaServer1.jpg sambaServer2.jpg


    [myMP3]
    comment = My collection of MP3
    browseable = yes
    guest ok = yes
    printable = no
     
         

    Remarqs

    • XMMS was not able to open remotely a mp3 using a samba share, copying the same mp3 locally work...strange.

     Links
    http://www.art-events.de/systeme/texte/000621samba.htm A tutorial in German
    http://www.bnro.de/~schmidjo/index.html LinNeighborhood is a tool to display the network neighbourhood like in windows explorer.

    Publishing, deploying web content

    http://www.suse.de/en/private/support/online_help/howto/webeditor/ A very good review.

    http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/
      http://quanta.sourceforge.net/
    screem http://www.screem.org/
    Mozilla Composer
    www.mozilla.org
    a wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor

    A friendly task manager

    Since I was a windows user, I've been looking for a graphical program to allow process monitoring and manipulation. For chance, there is a default "task manager" coming from the base installation of KDE, it is located in System - Monitor - Kde System Guard

    ksysguard.png ksysguard1.png
       
    • It is a more user friendly way to monitor (and kill!) process or watch memory, cpu than in a terminal.(with command top or ps -ef | grep username)
    • Only regret it can not reside in the system tray and wait there when yu really need it.
    • You must filter in the process table, otherwise you will see a lot of process running in the background (KDE has a lot of process alone).
    • Option 1) Ctrl+Alt+Esc gives you a nice mouse cursor to kill whatever you point and click at. try it.
    • Option 2) Ctrl+Esc brings you a nice TasK List(Procees Table) to select and kill whatever process you like to.

    A powerful calculator HP48-HP49

    I still have 3 HP calculator and was developing on ASM-RPL.SYSRPL (from 1993 to 2000), I use EMU48each day under windows, see Here


    Here is a binary with roms that work... just unpack and start ./run48g.shor ./run48s.sh in a terminal

    My webcam, a Philips PCV680K vesta pro

    Plug and..... wait, after some minutes (I was playing with the mount command, maybe it can shorten the process if you log as root (type su) and try to force mount of all devices mount -a)

    • In google "linux webcam philips" give me this page: http://smcc.demon.nl/webcam It seems that these is now a part of the kernel since 2.4.15
    • It place an icon on the desktop ""webcam" clicking on it start Gnome meeting, you have then 7 steps to complete before using this tool.
    • It only allow you to use it between other gnome meetings instance, kopete, the Instant messaging has no webcam plugin, and do not recognize that a webcam was installed.

     Intall the latest nVidia driver

    Open a terminal  
    Switch to root su
    Download the latest drivers at (should be Linux IA32) http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux.html
    Verify that you have install the kernel source with YOU (YaST Online Update), to know which kernel source you need,
    type rpm -qa | grep kernel
    OR
    go in YaSt and search for a package kernel, look at the number, for me it is 2.4.21-166 then download it at ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/suse/i586/ then download rpm and install
    OR
    In YaST, do a search with "kernel source", and install the src code.
     
    You must quit XFREE, so save all work and close all aplications running, then type in the console init 3
    press F2, log as root  
    Execute the .run package you have download, move to the directory where you save it and type sh filename.run
    The install ask You to accept the licence, remove the current nvidia modules from memory, and search for the kernel interface, if it is not found it search for the kernel source and compile it
     
       
    Restart Sax or restart the PC sax2 -m 0=nvidia
       
       

    As you see a lot of step, is it not time to do all these steps behind the scene in an installer? Nividia? can you help us?

     Intall media player Mplayer

    Official Homepage: www.mplayerhq.hu
    On packman homepage ( ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/pub/packman/suse/9.0/i586/ ), download :

    • Libtheora (required by Mplayer) which use libogg
    • Lame (required by Mplayer)
    • Mplayer itself
    • Mplayer plugin
    • Kplayer is one GUI which use Mplayer for KDE

    so Install first liboggthen Libtheora, Lameandfinally Mplayerand Mplayer plugin

    Conclusions:

    • Dependancy (loading a packages require to install one or many another packages), conflict with packages is horrible, it is time to find a better format than rpm, (is apt-rpm from RedHat the future??? (http://apt-rpm.tuxfamily.org/)) or to restrict visibility of packages to an application instead of the whole system.
    • Mplayer seems to have a better support of all windows, and show better performance on my system. Highly recomended.

      Wine

    Winamp
    Acdsee


    Reflex
    ...


      Firewire



     
    read and write on NTFS !

    A lot of projects are trying to read Windows NTFS drive with more or less success

    http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/
    "The goals of this project are: create a new Linux kernel driver for the NTFS file system (v1.2 and later 3.0), user space utilities (e.g. format, ntfs check, etc.) and a library to avoid code duplication and provide access to NTFS to other GPLed programs."
    -> it is existing in kernel 2.4.24 but with only read only capabilities, can cause loss of data!
    -> Can not write or modifying existing file (no file under 1Kb and it can not change size of file....)
    http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/   
    http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/#download   
    Author    Jan Kratochvil <web_AT_jankratochvil_DOT_N.E.T>    
    Version    1.5   
    Licence    GPL   
    Source    Yes   
    Environment    Console   
    Status    Stable
    "Captive provides full read/write access to NTFS disk drives in the WINE way by using the original Microsoft Windows ntfs.sys driver. It emulates the required subsystems of the Microsoft Windows kernel by reusing one of the original ntoskrnl.exe, ReactOS parts, or this project's own reimplementations on a case by case basis. Involvement of the original driver files was chosen to achieve the best and unprecedented filesystem compatibility and safety."

    As root user
    1. Download tar gz here http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/dist/captive-static-1.1.5.tar.gz
    2. Install, decompress and start ./install
    3. Locate ntfs.sys and ntoskrnl.exe in your windows/system32/ directory and copy it to /var/lib/captive/ I recommend You to use WinXp latest drivers
    4. start captive-install-acquire it search for the dll, if not found it will download them from microsoft.com
    5. for each windows drive (here  the example is for my drive C:\)
       type mkdir /mnt/openC
       type mount -t captive-ntfs -o force  /dev/hda1 /mnt/openC
       I add the switch -o force because SuSE has already mount the drive C (read only) in /windows/c
    OR
    open the file /etc/fstab and modify it:
    before
    /dev/hda1 /windows/C   ntfs  ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
    after
    /dev/hda1 /windows/C   ntfs-captive  rw,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
    and then type mount -a to see changes

    Attention, You may need to have a Windows licence!
    Wine
    WMware
    I do not want to configure wine...
    I do not want to install windows anymore...
    http://www.ntfs-linux.com/
    Publisher    Paragon Software Group   
    Version    1.0   
    Filesize    69 K   
    Licence    Shareware   
    Cost    69.95$   
    "Paragon NTFS for Linux is designed to mount NTFS partitions under Linux operating systems as normal logical drives with appropriate drive letter. The full version mounts NTFS partitions for read and write operations; the demo version mounts NTFS partitions in read-only mode. the driver supports NTFS 1.2, NTFS 3.0 and NTFS 3.1. Free Read-only version is distributed as a driver module or bootable CD image. Mounted NTFS partitions are accepted as â??nativeâ?? â?? browse, create/delete folder or file, run applications and other usual functions are totally available."


    Another way is to erase all NTFS drive and use reiserfs or extfs3, since Paragon also sell a windows driver to have full access to linux drive. Why should always Linux make the first step?


     Install KDE 3.2

    step by step....

    in YaST, go to "Software", and then "change source of installation"
    Set a new "software media source", use the button "add" and choose ftp

    server name: ftp.suse.com
    source directory: pub/suse/i386/supplementary/KDE/update_for_9.0/yast-source/

    wait till the system accept your new source of installation, close this windows, you can now go to "install and remove software", set the select box filter to "selection", "KDE Desktop environment" has its own section, install first all KDE base package.

    You will have some conflict, for me KDE pim, and PDA tools, just remove them! you can reinstall them after having installing the base package!

    restart your desktop session...known issues for KDE 3.2 are: sound (but it was working for me, alsa was selected as default) and kbear (FTP tool), for Kbear the solution for me was to remove  the previous version (
    kbear 2.1) and install this one:
    KBear 3.0alpha1b
    http://kbear.sourceforge.net/index.php?page=download#binaries

    KDE 3.2 is as fast as my windows desktop, what a blast! I you want to have a good stability, it is preferable to wait the next official SuSE release...


     Disk Management, rescue disk, partitionning
    Soon

     Anti virus
    http://linux.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=16 Linux Bitdefender is a freeware

      Download manager
    use kget it can be start in a terminal /opt/kde3/bin/kget

     Printing, scanning
    http://www.linuxprinting.org/

      Configuring KDE, themes
    Soon

      Eclipse, development
    Download the file Eclipse GTK from www.eclipse.org decompress and start the executable.
    Jedit www.jedit.org is a jar based installer, open a terminal and type java -jar jedit42pre9.jar and you're done

      Install kernel 2.6 on suse 9.0
    here's a howto in german: http://www.thomashertweck.de/kernel26.html
    Compile your kernel http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=443

     Administring a Homepage
    ftp tool:
    KBear /opt/kde3/bin/kbear


      Remove un needed software
    Soon

      Links for download

    http://www.suse.de/en/private/download/index.html ANDftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/suse/i586/ The official page of SuSE
    http://www.rpmseek.com/index.html Search for RPM
    http://rpm.pbone.net/ Search for RPM
    http://packman.links2linux.de/ Packman compile source code and provide RPM ready to download ()
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/suse/i586/ FTP


    To read
    http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs choose your filesystem

     

    Securing your Susehttp://www.antionline.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=260361


    Conclusions

    Good:
    • The desktop is user friendly, at least for me, for example: saving some of these screenshot, under the save as windows, right clicking provide a menu to create, sorting or add directory.
    • The responsiveness of GUI is good if you consider that the 3D and all 2D tricks are maybe not supported by the driver. Of course this depend a lot of your graphics cards. Trying to start XP on a integrated graphic VXX chipset with shared memory is the same (was using a IBX notebook 2 years before switching to a Compaq NX7000 with a Radeon 9200...).
    • It a quite good to have the possibilities to reuse some win32 librairies (codecs) because they are stable and working. A bravo to the open source community!
    • I have done many online security update with YaST, and have not restart the machine, which is very good, on the other side, there is even more update than in Microsoft world...
    • Till now I have encounter no real difficulties, I must admit that www.google.com is a must, and so fast for locating a solution (on forums, tutorials, howto, personal webpage....) as long as you use the right keywords. If you are already a good user of Windows, you will have no problem to switch to SUSE 9.0 TRUST me and make a try!

    Bad:

    • Having many rpm version for each distribution (even if you are on the same cpu plattform) or sometimes compile from the source code is the worst experience for me in linux. Only solution is to pray that someone or better SuSE provide you all rpm on a internet site (but you will always have to wait).
    • Suse do not provide for legal reasons enough packages (better said packages that are a must), but it is not diffcult to locate them on other homepage (libcss for decrypting dvd for example)
    • Installing basics fucntionnality ask by 80% of users are still too difficult

    Why Linux is not at the same level as Windows? my point of view is that people on the others side do their best to avoid porting of drivers and application from 3rd party compagny (and may be using economical threat to achieve this aim).

     

     

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    When you finish this article, You may want to read the previousround 1 HERE

    Thanks for reading... more to come in the future
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  • Rootkit threat in windows environment

    After Microsoft Warns of New Security Threat System monitoring programs, called rootkits, may pose a serious danger to your PC. it is time to see what offering is available to protect our PCs...

    A root kit is a set of tools used by an intruder after cracking a computer system. These tools can help the attacker maintain his or her access to the system and use it for malicious purposes. Root kits exist for a variety of operating systems such as Linux, Solaris, and versions of Microsoft Windows
    . [WikiPedia]

    The windows rootkit threat has never been so high as today: Rootkit creators turn professional
    All major antivirus software are now starting to provide solutions with more or less sucess:
    • SymantecHacktool.Rootkit comprises a set of programs and scripts that work together to allow attackers to break into a system. If Hacktool.Rootkit is detected on a system, it is very likely that an attacker has gained complete control of that system. All files that are detected as Hacktool.Rootkit should be deleted. Infected systems may need to be restored from backups or patched to restore security.
    • Sysinternal is a company more known for his hacking or developer tool, but they have been the first to give away a free rootkit revealer and detection program.
    • F-Secure Corp has added rootkit-detection features to its product suite: F-secure Blacklist
    • MicrosoftStrider Ghostbuster is a future tool from the Giant.


    The only problem is that the only solution is to restore your system by using a "non corrupted" os version (the problem is to have enough backup)...

    Also do not forget to visit the biggest community (33 000 users) at www.rootkit.com


  • Running Selenium Grid and a set of Remote control as NT services

    seleniumhq

    Selenium has various projects that can be combined with each other to create a robust testing environment.

    • Selenium IDE: a Firefox add-on to record and playback tests in Firefox.
    • Selenium Remote Control: a client/server system to control web browsers locally or on other computers, using almost any programming language and testing framework.
    • Selenium Grid: transparently distribute your tests on multiple machines so that you can run your tests in parallel, cutting down the time required for running in-browser test suites. In-browser tests are inherently slow, but since commodity hardware is insanely cheap nowadays there is no excuse for not running all these tests in parallel on multiple machines and dramatically speeding up your feedback cycle. .
    • Selenium Core: JavaScript-based testing system.

    Also there are Selenium projects specifically for Rails, Ruby & Eclipse!

    Today I will show you how to make run some components of Selenium as Windows Services. I am using a Selenium HUB and 4 Selenium RC running all on the same server (while not recommended for performance reasons, it is the easiest setup)

    In this small how to I provide you at the end of the article a ready to use Selenium Grid 0.7 zip file

    Running selenium HUB as an NT service

    The Selenium Hub is in charge of

    • Allocating a Selenium Remote Control to a specific test (transparently)
    • Limiting the number of concurrent test runs on each Remote Control
    • Shielding the tests from the actual grid infrastructure

    Selenium Grid Setup

    1. Download and unzip Selenium Grid.
    2. If you don't have it already, download and install the JDK 
    3. Download Java Service Wrapper (Windows x86 Community Edition) and unzip it.
    4. Create these folders in the Selenium Grid folder: *logs*, *conf*, *bin*. so it look like
    Before After

    selenium-grid-1.0.7
    ├───doc
    ├───examples
    ├───lib
    ├───sample-scripts
    └───vendor

    selenium-grid-1.0.7
    ├───bin
    ├───conf

    ├───doc
    ├───examples
    ├───lib
    ├───logs
    ├───sample-scripts
    └───vendor

    Copy/rename files from the JSW folder to the Selenium Grid folder:

    • \src\conf\wrapper.conf.in to \conf\wrapper.conf
    • \src\bin\App.bat.in to \bin\SeleniumGrid.bat
    • \src\bin\InstallApp-NT.bat.in to \bin\InstallSeleniumGrid-NT.bat
    • \src\bin\UninstallApp-NT.bat.in \bin\UninstallSeleniumGrid-NT.bat
    • \bin\wrapper.exe to \bin\wrapper.exe
    • \lib\wrapper.dll to \lib\wrapper.dll
    • \lib\wrapper.jar to \lib\wrapper.jar

    Now edit the file \conf\wrapper.conf

    Set the location of Java.exe by editing the line

    wrapper.java.command=java

    And making sure to not quote the path even if it has spaces in it


    Replace the  key wrapper.java.classpath.1=... with these three lines:

    wrapper.java.classpath.1=..
    wrapper.java.classpath.2=../lib/selenium-grid-hub-standalone-1.0.7.jar
    wrapper.java.classpath.3=../lib/wrapper.jar


    Change key wrapper.app.parameter.1=+" to:

    wrapper.app.parameter.1=com.thoughtworks.selenium.grid.hub.HubServer

    And finally set up the names/display names for the service:

    wrapper.console.title=Selenium Grid Hub 
    wrapper.ntservice.name=selenium-grid-hub
    wrapper.ntservice.displayname=Selenium Grid Hub
    wrapper.ntservice.description=Central control server for Selenium Grid

    Test your configuration by running the \bin\SeleniumGrid.bat file.

    If it works, you should see Selenium Grid Hub running in the console - one of the the last lines will likely say something about Jetty and you may see some of the Selenium Grid configuration fly past as it's starting up. You can shut it down by pressing Ctrl+C.


    If it's not working, you'll probably see error messages about how the JVM wasn't found (meaning the path to Java is no good) or some other configuration problem. Or the batch file might run and close immediately.

    Once it's running with the SeleniumGrid.bat file, you can install the service by running the InstallSeleniumGrid-NT.bat file.

    To start the service, you can use the command line (net start selenium-grid-hub) or the GUI (Start->Administrative Tools->Services).

    Running multiple selenium RC as NT services

    Selenium Remote Control (RC) is a test tool that allows you to write automated web application UI tests in any programming language against any HTTP website using any mainstream JavaScript-enabled browser.

    Selenium RC comes in two parts. 

    1. A server which automatically launches and kills browsers, and acts as a HTTP proxy for web requests from them.
    2. Client libraries for your favorite computer language.

    Following the same idea, with only some minor changes due to the way selenium RC are started in wrapper.conf

    First install all browsers or only some that you would like to support:

     allBrowser

    Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari to name a few, Dont forget that you MUST put them in windows environment variable PATH, so Selenium RC will be able to start them.

    Then create for each browser you would like to support the following directory structure

    Before After

    selenium-grid-1.0.7
    ├───bin
    ├───conf
    ├───doc
    ├───examples
    ├───lib
    ├───logs
    ├───sample-scripts
    └───vendor

    selenium-grid-1.0.7
    ├───bin
    ├───conf
    ├───doc
    ├───examples
    ├───lib
    ├───logs
    ├───rc.chrome
    ├───rc.firefox
    ├───rc.ie
    ├───rc.safari

    ├───sample-scripts
    └───vendor

    Move files around from previous example, so that it look like

    Result
    rc.chrome
    ├───bin
    │       InstallRemoteControl-NT.bat
    │       RemoteControl.bat
    │       UninstallRemoteControl-NT.bat
    │       wrapper.exe

    ├───conf
    │       wrapper.conf

    └───logs

    Here are the settings of wrapper.conf for Google chrome that you need to change across the file, Change all values according to your setup.

    wrapper.ntservice.account=.\selenium
    wrapper.ntservice.password=selenium

    # Java Classpath (include wrapper.jar) Add class path elements as # needed starting from 1 wrapper.java.classpath.1=.. wrapper.java.classpath.2=../../lib/selenium-grid-remote-control-standalone-1.0.7.jar wrapper.java.classpath.3=../../lib/selenium-grid-hub-standalone-1.0.7.jar wrapper.java.classpath.4=../../vendor/selenium-server-1.0.3-standalone.jar wrapper.java.classpath.5=../../lib/wrapper.jar # Application parameters. Add parameters as needed starting from 1 wrapper.app.parameter.1=com.thoughtworks.selenium.grid.remotecontrol.SelfRegisteringRemoteControlLauncher wrapper.app.parameter.2=-port "5558" wrapper.app.parameter.3=-host "localhost" wrapper.app.parameter.4=-hubURL "http://localhost:4444" wrapper.app.parameter.5=-env "*googlechrome" wrapper.app.parameter.6=-hubPollerIntervalInSeconds "30" wrapper.app.parameter.7=-log "..\logs\chrome.log" wrapper.app.parameter.8=-timeout "15" # Name of the service wrapper.name=selenium-chrome # Display name of the service wrapper.displayname=selenium-chrome # Description of the service wrapper.description=selenium-chrome # Java Library Path (location of Wrapper.DLL or libwrapper.so) wrapper.java.library.path.1=../../lib

    You get the idea, for every browser, you have to repeat the same procedure. The only difficult point not documented anywhere is that you can not run the browser with the windows local account, you need to use the windows user that has installed the browser or at least has enough right to create a new browser profile. Failing to do it, will throw a null pointer exception while trying to get a new Google Chrome browser session.

    So you must have a valid user under these 2 keys, you can choose what you want

    wrapper.ntservice.account=.\selenium
    wrapper.ntservice.password=xxxxxxxx

    Once it's running with the RemoteControl.bat file, you can install the service by running the InstallRemoteControl-NT.bat file.

    To start the service, you can use the command line (net start selenium-chrome) or the GUI (Start->Administrative Tools->Services).

    Anyway head to the download section and use a ready to use package

     

    How to give the selenium user the permission to "Start a session as a service".

    Thanks to Eric Bouchut for submission

    You need to give the selenium user the permission to start the session as a service, If you don’t do this, the service won't start at least on Windows XP/SP 3.
    Here it is.
    "For the service to start as the selenium user, you need to  give the selenium user the permission to "start a session as a service", as so:

    • Open the Control Panel
    • Click  "Administration Tools"
    • Click "Local Security Settings" (my attempt to translate "Stratégie de Sécurité Locale" in English)
      • In "Local Policies / User Rights Assignment"
      • Double click "Open a session as a service"
        • add the selenium user to the list

    Download

    Original version of selenium-grid-1.0.7-bin.zip if you want to compare the changes i’ve made.

    Ready to use Selenium-Grid 1.0.7 with all the above scripts configured, all the above in one file selenium-grid-1.0.7-bin-modified.NT.services.zip (22MB)

    Happy Integration Testing with Selenium!

  • Securing windows using NSA government guidelines

    The National Security Agency (NSA)

    NSA/ Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is a United States government agency responsible for both the collection and analysis of message communications, and for the security of government communications against similar agencies elsewhere. It is a part of the Department of Defense.... ) [WikiPedia]

    has developed and distributed configuration guidance for Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 in the form of configuration guides. These guides are currently being used throughout the government and by numerous entities as a security baseline for their Windows systems.
    To assist our Windows XP user community, NSA has developed security configuration guidance for Windows XP, with the cooperation of other government agencies....
    Microsoft Windows XP Guides

    Unfortunatly no guide for Linux (except Solaris)

  • Security made easy, automatic scan and update of your installed applications

    If you are on the paranoia side, and you better should, if you're using ebanking on an internet connected pc. 

     Secunia is a well known internet site, Secunia is a Danish computer security service provider best known for tracking vulnerabilities in more than 12,400 pieces of software and operating systems. Numbers of "unpatched" vulnerabilities in popular applications are frequently quoted in software comparisons.Secunia also tracks currently active computer viruses. Secunia has gained publicity and a notable reputation with the discovery of major zero-day vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and other widely used programs

    What is really new and interesting is that they are providing a free tool,  Secunia PSI which scan your PC and let you download the latest secure version of all your installed software. Something Microsoft should have done before Secunia

    "The Secunia PSI detects installed software and categorises your software as either Insecure, End-of-Life, or Up-To-Date. Effectively enabling you to focus your attention on software installations where more secure versions are available from the vendors." [...]

     

    Highlights of TheSecunia PSI:

    • The Secunia PSI will be available free of charge
    • Calculates your unique Secunia System Score
    • Automatically scans your computer
    • Enables you to update Insecure/End-of-Life software
    • Provides Direct Download Links to security updates & patches
    • Detects and advises on more than 4,700 applications
    • Direct correlation between thousands of Secunia Advisories and your specific system and software
    • Secure SSL encrypted connection to Secunia

      Download | FAQ | About Secunia PSI & System Requirements | About Secunia

     

  • The role of WINE in Linux desktop enterprise migration strategies

    A good paper on migrating to linux on the desktop using Wine where it is needed...

     With the increasing interest in the value that Linux can bring to the enterprise, companies need to assess likely migration strategies. Technologies that allow the reuse of Windows applications, and Wine in particular, are a key component to such migrations. This whitepaper examines the requirements for enterprise migration on the desktop. It examines a full range of available tactics, including Wine, and then suggests strategies for making the journey in ways that are pragmatic, economical, and customer focused.More at Dekstop Linux

  • Using your PS3 PlayStation Eye as a PC webcam

    sony_playstation_eye

    The PlayStation Eye is a webcam device by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 video game console. It is the successor to the EyeToy for the PlayStation 2. In case you have one floating around that you do not use for gaming, why not trying to use it as a webcam? You can find them cheap everywhere on ebay, ricardo.ch, leboncoin.fr

    It is not anymore difficult to make this webcam work under Windows (Sony sell this camera since 2007), as there is good and stable drivers now available. I did test the webcam under Windows 7 64 bits and Skype. It work great as long as there is enough lights in the room.Note that the multi-directional microphone is quite exceptional of quality (The PS3 use it for voice location tracking, echo cancellation, and background noise suppression.)

     

    Features

     

    windows_logo Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

    The CL-Eye Platform Driver recommended for general users provides audio/video functionality with a single CL/PS3-Eye camera supported in a wide range of native and web applications that use Microsoft Windows DirectShow Framework (Skype, YouTube, Adobe Flash, AIM, MSN Messenger).

    macos_logo MacOS

    A working driver for MacOS can be downloaded from http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/

    tux Linux

    Starting with Linux kernel 2.6.29, just plug your PlayStation Eye in a free USB port and enjoy. Tested under OpenSuse 10.2

  • Windows 7 is out, pathetic Mac ads video

    No longer interesting. They need to find something else as it look a bit outdated

  • Windows v Linux security: the real facts

    debunking myths and facts,
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/10/22/linux_v_windows_security/

    from the register,
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/security/security_report_windows_vs_linux/

    "Much ado has been made about whether or not Linux is truly more secure than Windows. We compared Windows vs. Linux by examining the following metrics in the 40 most recent patches/vulnerabilities listed for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS v.3:
    ...
    The results were not unexpected. Even by Microsoft's subjective and flawed standards, fully 38% of the most recent patches address flaws that Microsoft ranks as Critical. Only 10% of Red Hat's patches and alerts address flaws of Critical severity
    Also in PDF format here.

  • XBMC: maybe the best media center

    XBMC is a cross-platform software available for Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows operating-system, as well as the original Xbox game-console. I am using it since 2003 on my XBOX

     

    XBMC is currently available for Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS X (Intel-based Leopard and Tiger), Microsoft Windows, and the original (first-generation) Xbox. We are currently at Beta 1 for our upcoming release code named Atlantis. It should be noted that XBMC requires OpenGL 1.4 support, at a minimum, to function. We do however recommend OpenGL 2.0 to fully experience XBMC. Check your graphics drivers to see what version of OpenGL your GPU (graphics processing unit) supports.