Thursday, August 30, 2012

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 Beta Available for Customers

Red Hat is pushing on with open source virtualization and has just made available the first Beta of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1.

According to Red Hat, this first Beta version will allow Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers to get a closer look to the upcoming platform.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 Beta will help Red Hat to determine which technologies are good fits for their own infrastructure deployments.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a comprehensive virtualization platform that delivers an open virtualization hypervisor with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and corresponding management tools for both server and desktop virtualization deployments.

A final version will be made available by Red Hat later this year, after a few more development releases. Customers should check out the official release announcement for further details.

SchilliX 0.8

Jörg Schilling has announced the release of SchilliX 0.8, an OpenSolaris-based (text mode-only) live CD. What's new in the project's first release in nearly two years? "SchilliX is no longer based on Illumos as Illumos decided to go into a direction of a codebase that is mostly usable only for file servers and that is only supporting IPS packages. This is not compatible with pursuing Solaris ideas. As Illumos does not support SVr4 packages, we are forced to create a more generalized OpenSolaris source base continuation project. SchilliX is now based on an OpenSolaris continuation project (SchilliX-ON) which is free of company interests and which tries to continue with UNIX ideas. SchilliX-ON tries to be as POSIX and SVr5 compatible as possible. The SchilliX-ON base is available as compressed SVr4 packages that can be installed directly from the network using only 'pkgadd'." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download: SchilliX-0.8.iso.xz (407MB).

Install ADB And Fastboot Android Tools In Ubuntu Via PPA

A package called "android-tools", which comes with "adb" and "fastboot" command line utilities, has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal repositories recently. I've got a request to upload this package in a PPA for older Ubuntu releases, so I've backported it to Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 and 11.04.

"adb" (Android Debug Bridge) is a command line tool you can use to access the file system from an Android device; it can be used to send commands, transfer or receive files, install or uninstall applications and more.

"fastboot" is a command line tools that you can use to flash the filesystem on Android devices over USB.

These tools can be found in the Android SDK too; using the official package in Ubuntu 12.10 or the packages in our PPA is just an alternative and easier way I'd say, to install them in Ubuntu. Also, the packages in the PPA are available for both 32bit and 64bit, while the Android SDK provided by Google is only available for 32bit.

Install "android-tools" package (adb and fastboot) in Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 or 11.04

Like I've said above, android-tools is available in the official Ubuntu 12.10 repositories so all you have to do is search for it in Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

For Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 and 11.04, you can install android-tools using the main WebUpd8 PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot

Once installed, run "adb" and "fastboot" in a terminal to see the available options and how to use these Android tools.