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As you may have expected, Flosoft.biz has been working over the last few months on their new VPS offers. After nearly 2 months of work, they are ready, and have launched their offer. Their plan to revolutionize the VPS market has succeeded.

Their VPS08 beats the competition on all levels. For comparison we will use Rimu Hosting, VPS Link (Spry) and Media Temple.

RAM:

RAM is often the main problem with VPS. The VPS08 offers 256MB Ram in it’s base model, and it can be extended to up to 8GB at a price of 4€ / 256MB. The 256MB model costs 9,99€.

The competition is a lot more expensive: Rimu Hosting’s machine Miro VPS2 has 256MB Ram too, and costs 29,95$; VPS Link’s Link 3 costs 24,95$; Media Temple, at 50$ for (dv) Base, is the most expensive of the 4 VPS options.

Storage:

Harddisk storage is also often very limited on the VPS. The VPS08 comes with 20GB by default, which can be extended to up to 1TB at the price of 2,50€ / 5GB. Again, the machine costs 9,99€.

Rimu Hosting offers up to 16GB of storage on it’s Miro VPS4 at the price of 49,95$. VPS Link’s Link 4 comes with a 20GB Harddisk too, but at the price of 39,95$. Last, but definitely not least, Media Temple, it’s (dv) Base comes with 20GB at the price of 50,00$. Again, a clear advantage for the VPS08 of Flosoft.biz.

Connection & allowed traffic:

Don’t you hate when your machine gets shut down because you exceeded your traffic? Or that when you get your monthly invoice, you see that you have to pay a lot more than you thought because you exceeded your traffic limit? Well, Flosoft.biz doesn’t believe in them, and thus offers it’s VPS without any traffic limit. Again we are talking about 9,99€. This is not some fair use policy, or anything else, but real unlimited traffic.

Do we still have to look at the competition? Quickly said, no other ISP offers unlimited traffic. If you want more than 1TB, you are paying at least 150$ a month.

Result:

The VPS08 is a lot cheaper than any offers from Flosoft.biz’s competition. Get one today while they’re still available!

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Proprietary protocols are things from yesterday. Today, Opensource technologies are taking over the world! AOL / ICQ has just launched a test server using XMPP, an open technology. This means that you’ll soon be able to talk to your ICQ / AIM contacts via Jabber. Google has already started using it. So who’s next? MSN!

AOL seems to be making its ICQ and AIM services compatible with XMPP: xmpp.oscar.aol.com PS: it’s still buggy and is only claimed to work in Exodus and Coccinella. It works in nearly all Jabber clients. But that is probably because the server is overloaded.

There has been a vivid discussion today on the Jdev MUC room about this. It looks like Jabber will be the solution which will rule the future of all messengers.

You can try to log in to ICQ with the username icqnumber@aol.com on server xmpp.oscar.aol.com on port 5222. TLS is required.

Let’s see what happens in the next few months with Jabber.

You can find Jabber Hosting for your Domain on Flosoft.biz . You’ll probably be able to chat to your ICQ contacts soon!

UPDATE: AIM seems to work too!

UPDATE2: There is a tutorial here on how to setup your Jabber Client

UPDATE3: I just recieved this picture from jjkobra. It works with Gajim! AOL adopting XMPP aka Jabber

UPDATE4: It seems to work in Psi too!

UPDATE5: A comment by AOL. 

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This howto will explain to you how to install a frontend on your server which is accessible via NX. This tutorial is for Debian based systems, and has been tested on an Flosoft.biz FlexServ (RPS).

1. Check the basic Debian setup.

We need to modify the sources.list

vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following 2 lines:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free

Close and save (:wq) and run this command to update:

apt-get update

Then check if your system is up to date, and if necessary install updates.

apt-get dist-upgrade

2. Installing the X window manager xorg.

Just type in:

apt-get install xserver-xorg-core xorg

There will be a few questions at the end, for now just go with the defaults.

3. The Login Manager

Now you have 3 options. You can install any of the following Login Manager’s. Your options are:

  1. KDM
    KDM is probably the best if you want to use KDE
  2. GDM
    GDM is probably the best if you want to use Gnome
  3. XDM
    XDM is probably the best if you want to use Fluxbox or XFCE

Once you have chosen one of the GUIs run one of the following three commands:

apt-get install kdm
apt-get install gdm
apt-get install xdm

4. The GUI

Now again, you have a choice of different Graphical User Interfaces.

  1. KDE
    Personally my favourite on Debian
  2. Gnome
    My favourite on Ubuntu
  3. Fluxbox
    Never used it
  4. XFCE4
    Never used it

Once you have chosen one of the GUIs run one of the following three commands:

apt-get install kde
apt-get install gnome
apt-get install xfce4
apt-get install fluxbox

Thats all for the base setup.

5. Reboot

You should reboot to make sure the X server starts.

shutdown -r now

6. Create your user

Once your server has rebooted, and you have relogged in, you should create a user which you will use for the GUI.

adduser mynewusername

6. Getting the NX packages

Now we need to setup the NX server, so that you are able to connect to the server from your home. So you need to download the NX server pacakges:

wget http://64.34.161.181/download/3.1.0/Linux/nxclient_3.1.0-2_i386.deb
wget http://64.34.161.181/download/3.1.0/Linux/nxnode_3.1.0-3_i386.deb
wget http://64.34.161.181/download/3.1.0/Linux/FE/nxserver_3.1.0-2_i386.deb

7. Installing the NX packages

As you have the packages now in your directory, you need to install them via dpkg.

dpkg -i nxclient_3.1.0-2_i386.deb
dpkg -i nxnode_3.1.0-3_i386.deb
dpkg -i nxserver_3.1.0-2_i386.deb

8. The Services

Now we need to make sure the services are running.

/etc/init.d/ssh restart
/etc/init.d/nxserver restart

9. The Browser

Last, but not least… well actually least … Firefox! You will need a nice Browser, so Firefox is the way to go.

apt-get install firefox

Now you’re system is setup and you’re ready to use it. Simply setup your NX Client and have fun!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me or just leave a comment.

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