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QNAP TS-453A 8G First Hands On


  • Supports the Linux(r) OS with direct output via HDMI
  • Dual HDMI output for switching between duplicated and extended desktop options
  • AES-NI hardware-accelerated encryption for efficient cryptographic performance up to 412 MB/s
  • Supports 4K hardware decoding and transcodes 4K H.264 videos on-the-fly or offline
  • Quickly find files using a real-time, natural search with Qsirch 2.1
  • NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for virtualization
  • Supports VMware(r), Citrix(r), Microsoft(r) Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features
  • A hybrid approach to virtualization in one NAS: Virtualization Station & Container Station
  • Build a personal karaoke system with high-quality audio output with the new OceanKTV app
QNAP TS-453A 8G Virtualization


Virtualization Station allows you to host virtual machines (VM) on the TS-453A, and access them via a web browser or VNC. Virtualization Station supports multiple operating systems, fast VM creation, VM backup & restoration, VM import/export, snapshot, and Device Management for centrally managing VM. Virtualization Station uses SDN (Software-defined Networks) and allows the TS-453A and VMs to share the same LAN port. No longer constrained by physical network performance, high-speed Virtual Switches greatly increases data transfer between VMs as well as between VMs and NAS through the internal interface. You can also download VMs on demand from online VM markets and import them to the TS-453A without any complex procedures.

The TS-453A also features the game-changing container technology for server virtualization. QNAP Container Station exclusively integrates LXC and Docker(r) lightweight virtualization technologies, allowing you to operate multiple isolated Linux(r) systems on the TS-453A as well as download apps from the built-in Docker Hub Registry(r)


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Some Disappointed Apple Fans Are Moving To Ubuntu Linux

Thanks to technology enthusiasts’ underwhelming response to Apple’s October event, a big flock of users turned to the famed Ubuntu laptop seller System76 whose website witnessed about 4-times more traffic than usual. As a result, System76 needed to upgrade the servers to keep up. It could be seen as a sign that users are looking at Linux machines as Mac-alternatives.

Ubuntu Core 16 delivers foundation for secure IoT

Canonical today released Ubuntu Core 16 for the Internet of Things (IoT), with regular and reliable security updates, and app stores for intelligent connected devices.

During this year’s Steam Dev Days, Valve was demoing SteamVR on Linux on Vulkan


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  • Name: Name: David L

  • Subject: New Linux Computer

As my father is soon looking at retirement he is going to lose access his work provided laptop. He has asked me for recommendations on a new machine. I’m considering the possibility of moving him over to Linux. He is technologically competent and not afraid of trying something new but is still more comfortable going with a well-known manufacturer. Immediately my first thought was the Dell XPS 13 as he is familiar with them and they also offer Linux support out of the box which is a huge plus as I can purchase the Windows version so that knows he has the option to fallback to Windows if he ends up not liking Linux. However, after looking into the device it appears that these machines are still affected by Content Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC) that can’t be disabled and coil whine issues. Outside of System76 machines is the XPS 13 still the go-to Linux laptop? Do you have any better recommendations? Thanks.


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