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The inconvenient problem of desktops for the masses

So now that the masses have a new entertaining disinformation tool, the internet of the big editorial media, the churches of the third millenia, and the social networks, the mass gadgets junk software producers of IT, are all busy to figure out how to capitalize on that, and the emerging computing reality for the masses, seems to go towards:

1) “Apps” stores, where they can milk you a bit for any little idiocy

2) Cloud systems, where they “own” your digital life, since your data are on “their” servers accessible to anybody (see the privacy issue of Ashley Madison,) to be expected, sooner or later when you create legalized espionage and software extortion sites, “somebody” outside may do the same thing to you, notice, today 81,300 results in only (0.31 seconds.) Facebook anybody ?

I get highly suspicious when IT companies propose security where “they” have the access to your system and your encryption keys, and the facts confirm my suspicion, android ? a pile of garbage remote controlled, clearly proved that even without the customer having administrative access, they are “all faulty and all subject to hijack,” and now windows 10 risks (or most likely, “is going to be,”) the same, “and” probably M$ will sneak in “updates” to do the same thing to all other versions out there, so the whole M$ ecosystem is now in danger (starting with windows 8 cloud, where they hijack the control of your system remotely, not by default, but still same end result, just like android, and for the ones who doubt, no, apple is not any better, “remotely managed unprivileged” in “reality” means “hackers privileged.”)

And since is now about 22-23 years that I have been playing with linux, (I still have 0.99 floppies and earlier ones, don’t remember the release, think they are 0.49,) and even longer with BSD, (the vax in the garage runs it just fine,) with a renewed interest (and better skills) of hackers, guess is time to switch to something else (and that happened about 2009, for PCs, while on workstations has been going on since the mid nineties,) with the reasoning that OSX and AIX are too hardware picky, the VMS and HP-UX used hardware is too expensive, and those systems may never be ported outside of their own legacy world.

So, I’m running solaris now, “scalable” from a PC to very large systems, being conscious that BSD is excellent, especially for a server, has been around since the 70’s, very stable code, (IOWs keeping an eye on it for the future,) but the newer file system and the desktop side are still shaky, and is difficult to virtualize in a painless manner, even if I don’t disdeign some linux boxes, hey, I even run windows (very rarely, when I have time to waste waiting for the zillion of updates to install, or the infinite number of reboots, actually also in the days my brain is gone, since on windows, brain is optional, anybody can get any program to run, the main problem is keeping windows running, but have to do that on different days.) And here it is, 5.11.3:

sol113-82515

sol113-82515

I’m not here to preach anything (as the many of the churches of OSX, windows, and linux may,) my future programs are looking eventually at BSD, or maybe at linux again, or maybe sticking with solaris, or maybe going to VMS on PCs, (for now the VMs and the hardware do just fine,) whenever the port to x64 may (or may not) be any useful, “but” for now, this is my everyday system, flexible, thanks to virtualization, can be a router, a virtual switch, or can run anything else in virtual machines, in much safer settings than hardware, oracle, both mysql and legacy databases runs extremely well on solaris, and so does virtualbox:

vbox82515

vbox82515

“And” if you want a totally open one, you can get it here, completely free, is called openindiana instead than solaris, is behind one or two releases (no big deal) “and” is mostly “very” compatible. And that’s all for now, folks:

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Written by dibi58

August 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Windows 10

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Just for information, as for windows 8 and 8.1, for which we replaced the whole disk with one with SuSe 13.2 x64, we are not going to upgrade to windows 10, even realizing that within one year all the windows licenses from 7 back (of systems born on computers, not the ones installed by “full” licenses from CDs,) will be expired and de-supported, both,) after an assessment where we found that we can still run pretty much all 32 bit Oracle on 2k VMs up to version 11. Within a year we may find out if or not our current vista64 and 7 (supporting Oracle 12 and 64 bit versions,) may still be usable for production, if not, they’ll go as well with no replacement, since anyhow modern distribution of application software is going to appliances, and some changes may be on the way also on our software choices (such as changes of architecture for purpose of elimination of WIFI/BT/IR support, java and all adobe products.)

The reasons for the choice, “many,” but a few here, mainly very worrisome such as the copy of all your system at M$ accessible by whoever “they” want, making illegal under any national security laws using windows 10, for which the new policies take effect on 1 August, you can read more here, for new purchases pre-loaded, (now generally 8, 8.1, and probably also soon 10,) we suggest flashing the system and the hard disks BIOS, formatting the drives “without” a UEFI partition, and installing from scratch something else, (SuSe seems a good option, inter-operable among laptops and PCs, or RH/Solaris, inter-operable also among servers.)

Now, everybody is free to make their own choices, but industries bankrupt and governments failed because of espionage are very heavy costs for nations, and at this point the espionage agenda “in hardware” does not permit any longer the solution of use of systems not attached to networks, because they are reachable anyhow via the G3 networks, in so the only hardware solutions are: 1) eliminate BYOD 2) deposit phones at the door 3) only PCs built in 2011 and before (excluding all intel for ring zero escalation bug, all sandy bridge and newer, all vpro and non not v-pro, but OK AMD and servers where LOM/ILO is on a different not connected port) 4) Elimination of windows outside of virtual machines or sealed systems with no network ports 5) Only non PC and non windows compatible (windows is now attached to PRISM) newer purchases (various different architectures to be evaluated.)

Apparently the US industry is realizing to have fucked up big times in sabotaging and spying on it’s allies (and getting caught,) now they predict that is going to cost them money, oh, “that was unexpected,” fine, we may end up buying diskless SPARC in japan, or maybe MIPS64, or what else ? big endian PPC64 ?, countries could build their own national ARM64, bye bye spie spie ;-).

Update 1: While is known that El Gamal is broken, notice that RSA has been back-doored by NSA at least since early 2k, the details, a trick in the usual random generators, in so, off-line generation of (very long, at least 4096 or 8192) keys on good RSA only on systems in the late nineties.

Update 2: Recently mainframes are becoming targets, is advisable to urgently migrate all the legacy systems (no hardware changes required, only software,) s390 to SuSe or RH, possibly going SuSe (as z-linux) now supported by IBM and Oracle, from my testing on Fedora s390 of a few years ago some interesting considerations: easier management as far as training, can run development and testing on virtual machines, (see hercules,) and vulnerabilities are patched much faster. Same (obviously) for other legacy mainframe not maintained, (“and” would be advisable migrating AIX, and all HP as well.)

Update 3: Would be advisable to migrate all critical and all old unsupported versions for general use, to Solaris 11.2, most can be taken care by virtualization, the few things not available, can be run on current SuSe and RH. Been running Solaris 11.x since exit, no known problems. Sufficient numbers of old systems (early 90s generation, “not” intel, all vulnerable,) to be preserved strictly off-line for keys generation.

Update 4: Ciphers and hashes on all older databases “and” operating systems, too weak for current breakers, (also considering parallel clusters power,) “everything” should be upgraded to latest version except mainframe legacy and windows, that should be ported to *ux, vms can be temporarily preserved with sha256, et cetera, upgrades,) “minimum” transitional supported on previous version, safer “current” version, porting of all databases to oracle legacy and mysql, sybase, all and only latest version. Passwords should be a minimum of 18 mixes of characters, upper and lower, symbols and number, with no dictionary words (in any languages,) to be minimally safe, not reusing on different accounts, minimizing online presence.

Update 5: IBM just announced an agreement with Canonical to take Ubuntu on mainframes, for now, stick with SuSe, but in the future, with Canonical, there will be very free mainframe uses for education, CNC, 3d printing, et cetera. Also, the battle with code breakers can not be won, only suppliers that upgrade ‘ahead’ of the vulnerabilities can be trusted, so, basically for the PC and WS market, you are down to “latest” BSD, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and (verify what they use) many linux. Windoze, nope, even on AMD not vulnerable, passwords can be broken instantly, MAC neither because they only use Intel, ring zero or sandy bridge escalations, no difference, you are out of luck, time to retire “all” Intel CPU machines (except pre 2011 Itanium, unless you want to run DOS, not on network, on pre-2011, there is nothing to escalate there, is already open to all.)

Update 6: As expected, in the next move of microsoft boiling the frog, probably the windows 10 model is directed towards charging the users per month, just as comcast, or others, and now this al capone style forcing up the troth of citizens an offer that can not be refused (not by microsoft, but by the corrupt public system and education system, which force people to use microsoft for their agendas,) is going to result in the the bill gates tax to use public services, sponsored by the political clientele at taxpayers expenses, and is as usual explainable at the levels three and four of the scale of civilizations collapse of orlov, how low the western civilization has fallen, thanks to the over-procreating bigotry of the self referent pedo-clergy and banco-mafia driven “population bomb,” hallelujah.

Update 10: Now both vista 64 and win7 de-supported, with the help of a crappy electric system that has often no decent ground, another alpha and a quad core AMD fried, and with the win 7 on a dual core AMD so bloated to make it too slow to be usable, our oracle (32 bit only support for windows) stops on 11 on server and workstation 2k, no more win or VMS or tru64 alpha either, from now on we support only solaris 64 on both architectures (AMD and SPARC,) linux 64 on red hat and SuSe AMD, and will see eventually if we can do VAX/Alpha and s390 emulation, the rest, “all gone,” no moo … and don’t count on windows 32 either for too long …

Written by dibi58

July 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Whonix Privacy VM, gateway and workstation, not bad …

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Here the pictures of the whonix distribution on the onion network, at work:

update

update

tor-check

tor-check

browser

browser

press-ag-fr

press-ag-fr

Written by dibi58

July 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Posted in linux, SEC, unix, VM

One more project, going slowly, my more recent vm’s, on virtual box

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Here an alternate to the development system already running on xen, this side I’m also running a solaris (almost) complete chain, eventually may dump the x86 solaris boxes, reducing hardware further.

vbox-vms

vbox-vms

Written by dibi58

February 22, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Posted in DB, linux, oracle, OS, unix, VM, win-server

Here one more for the nostalgic, SysVr4 running in virtualbox

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Feel good and old, LOL.

sysv

sysv

sysv2

sysv2

sysv3

sysv3

sysv4

sysv4

sysadm

sysadm

sysv5

sysv5

Written by dibi58

February 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Posted in esoteric, historical, unix, VM

Here for the nostalgic, Banyan vines running in virtualbox

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vines

vines

vines2

vines2

vines3

vines3

vines4

vines4

Written by dibi58

February 10, 2015 at 11:55 am

Posted in esoteric, historical, NET, unix, VM

Solaris 11.2 beta, x86 (32/64,) nice, worth to switch over.

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Really fast and stable, here with updates:

sol112-x86-3264

sol112-x86-3264

adminer-oo

adminer-oo

xen-dia

xen-dia

vbox

vbox

Written by dibi58

October 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

Posted in OS, solaris, unix, VM