Archive for May, 2009


*Updated* Manage Windows machines with remote Windows shell on Ubuntu Linux with winexe

In a previous post I showed how to manage windows machines remotely with winexe.

Well a comment on the post informed me that wmi-client and winexe were removed from the Ubuntu Jaunty repositories.  This would definitely keep me from upgrading to Jaunty without it.

Well don’t fear, I’ve made a workaround.

Download winexe from here

Extract the bz2 to your desktop.

Make winexe executable:

sudo chmod a+x Desktop/winexe-static-081123

Rename it to winexe

mv Desktop/winexe-static-081123 Desktop/winexe

Copy it to /usr/local/bin

sudo cp Desktop/winexe /usr/local/bin

That’s it, you can run winexe to connect to windows machines now.


Cairo-Dock 2 beta on Ubuntu

Deb packages have been released for the first cairo-dock 2 beta for Ubuntu.

short demos can be seen here :

Here are some of the features of the new 2.0.0 version:

* Cairo-Dock is now a full OpenGL dock ! (the cairo backend is still available for old graphic cards or ATI)
* New plug-ins provide many animations & visual effects : Animated icons, icon effects, illusion, drop indicator, motion blur, dialog rendering
* New applets : keyboard indicator, mail, quick browser, Toons, weblets.
* The config panel has been widely rewritten.
* Great improvment of the Taskbar ergonomics.
* Desklets can be rotated in 3D.
* Dialogs have many different window decorators.
* A lot of new themes, old ones have been reviewed.
* The Theme Manager can now download new themes on the server for many applets : clock, dustbin, Cairo-Penguin, Toons, etc and can build theme packages to easily exchange themes between users.
* XGamma : added the ability to setup a custom luminosity on startup.
* Shortcuts : added display of disk space.
* Clock : smooth seconds’ needle movment.
* Slider : 3D transitions betweens slides and Exif data.
* Rhythmbox : 3D themes.
* Gmenu : added a quick launcher in an “ALT+F2” fashion
* Direct scroll on many applets : XGamma, Slider, AlsaMixer, etc, and also on applications’ icons.


Install Google Chromium (Google Chrome) on Ubuntu

Chromium is an open source web browser. The project was founded by Google, which built Google Chrome on top of the code of Chromium.
While I knew that Linux and Mac versions were in the works, I found out that a PPA repository for daily builds of Linux’s Chromium does exist ! (we’re talking about a native non-using Wine version)

Before explaing how to install it, let me just specify we’re talking about alpha builds, and pretty incomplete ones. Just basic web surfing works.  Chromium may not work, make you lose data or make your lose your cat. Remember if that anything breaks, you’re on your own – install it only if you’re comfortable with restoring your system/data.  Also keep in mind this disclaimer on the PPA’s launchpad page:

Ubuntu daily builds of the Chromium browser.
The PPA is maintained by a bot, so it contains completely untested builds, mostly useful to track regressions or if you are curious, or just brave.

The package is still a work-in-progress, so is Chromium, please be patient.

FAQ: no native 64bit debs planed for now. The amd64 package is using ia32-libs.

Project page for Chromium in Ubuntu:

How to install Chromium on Ubuntu

Edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list


sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these two lines to the bottom of the file:

deb intrepid main
src intrepid main

Install msttcorefonts, as they are required.

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

Then update and install:

sudo aptget update
sudo apt
get install chromiumbrowser

Chromium will now be on your internet menu.



My faith in Microsoft has been shaken…..again.

Holy cow.  Microsoft conferences will never be the same.

As if what little faith I had left in Microsoft needed another reason to be shaken.


Windows Server 2008 R2 RC Official Direct Download Links and Product Keys

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 is the next version of the Windows Server operating system after Windows Server 2008 release version from Microsoft. As similar with Windows Server 2008, which shares the same code base with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2 shares the same code base with Windows 7. With the release of Windows 7 RC, the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC (Release Candidate) DVD ISO images have been been made available for public free download.

System administrators who wants to evaluate Windows Server 2008 (WS2008) R2 Release Candidate (RC) can download the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC installation DVD ISO from Microsoft Download Center (download page for Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems) or using the direct download links below.

Windows Server 2008 R2 will only be available in 64-bit (x64) flavor, and the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is available in English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese languages (only English, German, French and Japanese languages for Windows Server 2008 R2 RC for Itanium-Based Systems). The ISO is all-inclusive image which includes all editions of Windows Server 2008 RC, namely Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web.

Download Windows Server 2008 R2 RC

English: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_EN.iso

French: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_FR.iso

German: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_DE.iso

Japanese: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_JA.iso

Spanish: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_ES.iso

Download Windows Server 2008 R2 RC for Intel Itanium-based Systems

English: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_EN_(Itanium).iso

French: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_FR_(Itanium).iso

German: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_DE_(Itanium).iso

Japanese: Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_JA_(Itanium).iso

After installing Windows Server 2008 R2 RC, the operating system can be used without activation for an initial 30 days. The initial 30 day evaluation can be extended to March 1, 2010 (at which time the OS will become inoperable) by entering the product key below for your selected edition.

Windows Server 2008 R2 RC Product Keys

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Enterprise
# Product Code : Q7Y83-W4FVQ-6MC6C-6QQTD-TPM88

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Standard
# Product Code : V4KRB-QDWK2-GVT4X-BV4XG-34TV4

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Datacenter

Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate
# Product Code: RBBKH-BVD6B-74FV9-RYPJ7-TCFXB

Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Itanium Edition
# Product Code : MW6C7-2MYCB-PF3DK-VCQ2W-XGWFP

Microsoft also provides release notes about important issues in this release candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2 and document on things to know about this release candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Source here