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If you happened to notice a USB stick poking out of a brick wall in an urban space, would you be brave enough to connect your computer to it just to see what it might contain? Will it dump a bunch of malicious software onto your machine, or reveal something amazing? You just never know. The Dead Drops offline peer-to-peer file sharing project has been called “the nerd equivalent to glory holes,” bringing the sense of anonymity provided by the internet into the real world in a way that feels conspicuously sketchy.
“Help power cutting-edge research in health, poverty and sustainability”
Use your CPU cycles to help solve big issues facing humanity like Ebola, mosquito-born diseases and poverty. Since 2004, IBM has provided software for Windows, Linux, Mac OSX and Android which uses your spare CPU cycles to crunch scientific data for research projects looking for cures to the ailments that effect us all.
Some of the progress made so far includes the discovery of compounds effective against neuroblastoma, drugs to fight malaria, tuberculosis, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and HIV.
If you would like to help, check out the the World Community Grid.
According to a Phoronix article:
“It’s been a long time since last hearing of any major innovations or improvements to VirtualBox, the VM software managed by Oracle since their acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Is there any hope left for a revitalized VirtualBox?”
When Oracle bought out Sun Microsystems, I decided to look for alternatives. I have never been a fan of Oracle and I always thought they bought up open source projects to let them die out and stifle competition.
The Phoronix author states:
“It’s sad that VirtualBox is at a standstill given that it supports 3D/OpenGL acceleration for Linux guests, while KVM-based options like Virgil 3D aren’t yet ready for end-users. Deploying VirtualBox is also easy for users and has offered other advantages during its glory days. In fact, VirtualBox is still being used by some companies on Linux systems.”
However, I switched to VMWare Player years ago. It’s easy to setup. It’s free, and it runs very well on my Ubuntu desktop. I also tried it out on Windows 8.1 and it performed well. I could even run some smaller games. 3D acceleration worked just fine for me.
If you are looking for a virtualization product under heavy development, you should really try VMWare.