OpenStack Clouds On Ubuntu To Be Available For Windows Server Users

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Recently, Canonical, which provides commercial services to Ubuntu users, stated that it has completed the work with Microsoft on the software for Windows Server. There had been several speculations going on regarding this work done by the world famous computer software company on Windows Server to run on top of OpenStack and Ubuntu.

The company has now announced the availability of virtualized drivers, which would allow Windows guest operating systems to successfully run on KVM hypervisors and even on the OpenStack cloud computing platform. According to the Windows tech support team, this would definitely help the Windows and Linux users to access both platforms. The virtualized drivers have been specifically designed keeping in mind the optimization of the performance of a guest operating system that runs on Ubuntu as well as OpenStack cloud, as stated by the software company in their official blog post. The latest drivers are available for all the Windows Server editions and that include Windows 2008R2, Windows 2012 and even Windows 2012R2.

The company resources stated that their aim is to extend the Ubuntu and OpenStack ecosystems by successfully testing thousands of third party products against OpenStack. This is mainly done to check the compatibility and performance of these using the OIL OpenStack Interoperability Lab as said by Sally Radwan, product marketing manager at Canonical.

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Well, the association with the software giant can be seen very much as a part of this strategy and this involved Canonical to go through Microsoft’s certification process under Microsoft’s Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program, or SVVP as it is known. When contacted, the technicians at the Windows tech support team stated that the latest move by the firm behind the Debian-based Linux OS is definitely going to help the users understand the operating systems better.

Talking about this collaboration, Radwan also stated that, “This allows enterprises with a large Windows Server footprint to build OpenStack clouds on Ubuntu but keep their guest OS and workloads untouched. The end goal is to provide a reliable platform for all our customers and give them a choice to run Ubuntu or Windows equally well.”

Well, it is clear that now the canonical customers would have the option to access the drivers through this Ubuntu Advantage support program. Even the company has confirmed that it will ensure that the Windows drivers stay updated as a part of the launch of the hardware enablement in kernel that Ubuntu will release soon.

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Details Regarding Windows XP Service Pack 4

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Five months after the end of support of Windows XP OS, a well-meaning developer is putting together a fourth service pack for this decade old operating system. You should understand that this is not released by Microsoft. This unofficial Service Pack 4 comes from a Greek developer. This developer uses the online name harkaz. Using a screen name makes many of the Windows users distrustful on reflex. He started this project back in the year 2013 and is on the third beta, with a Release Candidate that is expected to come soon. Windows tech support was reluctant to comment on this Service Pack, as it was not theirs to begin with.

“Many users – including me – who won’t be able to upgrade our old machine to a newer OS would like to easily install all Windows updates in one convenient package. For this reason, we started working on a Service Pack 4 package,” harkaz said on RyanVM discussion boards. This appears to be a board that is dedicated to updating and patching the Windows Operating systems. The Windows XP Service Pack 4 is actually quite a collection. This includes,

  • Updates for most of the Windows XP components like MCE and Tablet PC
  • Microsoft .NET Frameworks 4.0, 3.5, 1.1 and 1.0
  • Request-only hotfixes
  • The NET 1.x, 3.5 versions are installed and updated  automatically in the live installations

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This means that it is mostly a rollup of monthly fixes that are issued by Microsoft since the release of Service Pack 3 that came out in the year 2003. There are a lot of fixes and so the current users of the Windows XP operating system would be tempted to use them. However, this service Pack 4 also adds security fixes that are not technically part of commercial Windows XP operating system. They come from the POS/STM version of Windows XP that is still in use. Microsoft has not ended the support for the embedded version of Windows XP for ATM and POS systems. This will run until 2019.

Common sense has to prevail in the case of SP4. This is an unofficial update from an unknown source and the source may not be having enough PCs to test fixes as Microsoft has. If you plan to install this update, you will have to do it at your own risk, as you will not be able to contact Windows tech support centre if anything goes wrong with your PC after installing the update.

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Google Adds New Fonts For Chrome On Windows

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Recently, Google released the beta version of their Google Chrome web browser for Windows operating systems. If you are using the Google Chrome web browser on your computer running on a Windows operating system after Windows Vista, you will be able to see the fonts in the web browser with better clarity. The main reason for better looks is the support for Microsoft’s DirectWrite API. The support for the technology ensures that the fonts would look better in modern screens. The new support for the technology enables the users a better browsing experience, as they will be able to see the fonts with better clarity.

The new update is a great advantage for people who used to read eBooks and used web for reference purposes, as they will be able to get a better reading experience. According to the details in the Windows tech support website, Google Chrome supports only Windows’s Graphics Device interface, which is a technology that was developed in the mid eighties. The technology was created when nobody had been thinking about LED screens and the computers were much slower. The technology was more than enough for computers in that era, however it failed to cater to the needs of the high end computers now available in the market.

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It is a shame to see that Google took so long to upgrade their Chrome web browser to the latest DirectWrite API, considering the fact that the company is spending much amount in research purposes for creating new and innovative products. The users of Google Chrome had been asking the company to upgrade their Graphics support for Windows operating systems. One of the support guys at Google when asked about the upgrade earlier commented as follows, “it required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome’s font rendering engine.”

Due to the extensive redesigning needed, the company was prolonging the upgrade for long. According to the details found in the Windows tech support page, the updated Chrome will support subpixel font scaling. This allows the users to experience smooth animations of text between different font sizes. The technology also allows better support for touch enabled displays and high resolution displays. The company has also added support for HTML <dialog> element, so that developers will be able to create dialog boxes in their apps easily.

One of the major other improvements is the addition of Web Cryptography JavaScript API, which helps in the creation of secure web pages.

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Prepare For Windows 7 End Of Mainstream Support

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If what we heard from our sources at Windows tech support is true, then the PC industry should be going to enter another phase in the near future. So, you may start upgrading now. Microsoft has decided to end the mainstream support provided to their most popular operating system, Windows 7. Most of the analysts suggest that the users should plan to move to a new operating system if they need to get OS updates and support from Microsoft. The only issue that you might have about this now is that there is no better operating system in the market.

The reason that we say that you need to be ready for the end of mainstream support of the operating system is that we have seen many get in trouble with the end of support for the Windows XP operating system. Stephen Kleynhans, Vice President of Gartner research posted in his blog post about the issue as follows, “Microsoft recently ended support for Windows XP and even though the end date was set in 2007 based on a life cycle support policy Microsoft introduced in 2004, and many organizations were not able to completely eliminate the OS by the deadline.”

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He also stated as follows, “The end of support for Windows 7 will be January, 2020, assuming there are no changes to its current support life cycle. While this feels like it’s a long way off, organizations must start planning now, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP”. Kleynhans makes it clear that the Microsoft is planning to remove the support provided for Windows 7 when they release their new operating system code named Windows Threshold.

However, the only happy news that we could get from our sources at Windows tech support about this end of support hype is that Microsoft might be planning to release the new operating system as a free upgrade for the Windows 7 operated devices. The only problem that you now have is that there is no certainty about the release date of Windows Threshold OS. So, as of now it would be better if you know about all the Windows 8.1 upgrade options since it is the only operating system in the market that could be of any use.

We advise that you wait a little longer until the Windows 9 OS or Threshold is released to the market by Microsoft.

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