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pixel June 18, 2007 -- For some time I've wanted to make better use of a fairly robust X86 machine. It was mostly generating heat and wasting electricity while performing minimal duties as a Windows file server. The machine had been acquired and configured to run SQL Server and Telecom Analyzer, but those roles had expired.
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pixel One of the limitations of my prior Asterisk explorations was using underpowered hardware. I eagerly awaited the release of Fedora 7 at the end of May so that I could try Fedora 7 on a virtual machine on the Windows server. Alas, I quickly discovered that VMware had no provision for allowing Linux to access the Digium Wildcard TDM400P that I planned to use with Asterisk.
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pixel Eventually, it dawned on me that I should try turning the software upside down. Instead of running Fedora in a virtual machine on Windows, the raw hardware could run Fedora and the Windows file server could be relegated to a virtual machine on VMware on Fedora. Except for a minor struggle with VMware not yet supporting the latest kernel, which was easily resolved with the patch described on HowtoForge, this seems to just work. Fedora 7 seems familiar and stable. Windows 2000 is running nicely in a virtual machine. Asterisk 1.4.5 seems to compile, install and run OK, but I haven't yet had the time to revisit what I was doing in December.
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pixel Some broader observations: coda
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pixel Even if Dennis Ritchie, Ken Thompson, Bill Joy, and Linus Torvalds do not make the latest list of The Fathers of Computing, Unix, and especially, its descendant, Linux, progress toward server dominance. Some would overstate the importance of Linux, e.g., comparing computing and the people of computing to Ghandi, as in YouTube - Red Hat "Truth Happens". Linux may be more important than basketball, but as Gregg Popovich would say, regarding basketball, "It's got nothing to do with real life." However, kept somewhat more in context, e.g., Why Microsoft and Linux companies are tying the knot, Linux continues to overcome the detractors and naysayers.
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