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MetroPipe Releases Technology Preview of the Portable Virtual Privacy Machine

MetroPipe Releases Technology Preview of the Portable Virtual Privacy Machine










Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PRWEB) November 26, 2004

MetroPipe today released a technology review of their Portable Virtual Privacy Machine. The product allows traveling professionals to carry their entire communications and presentation environment on a single portable memory device.

"The Portable Virtual Privacy Machine (or PVPM) is basically a virtual machine which boots a Linux operating environment, and runs a variety of communications software - a browser and email client . It also includes a beta version of our Tunneler product, which anonymizes and encrypts the user's Internet communications while using the PVPM, " said Kenny Kaputa, Chief Technology Officer. "Because the PVPM is a self-contained operating environment, the user is able to use relatively insecure systems in order to conduct personal and business communication. For example, the PVPM is excellent for use within the world's Internet cafés - you don't have to worry as much about hackers eavesdropping on your communications. Or bothering with long searches at airport terminals - you can wear your computing environment around your neck!"

"Oh yeah, " continued Kenny, "you can put the PVPM on virtually any read/write memory device: USB drives, Flash memory, an iPod, etc. It really doesn't matter."

The Portable Virtual Privacy Machine is built completely on open-source technology. The virtual machine environment is provided by the QEMU CPU Emulator. The environment boots a Linux distribution called DamnSmallLinux (used because it's damn small). Firefox, Thunderbird, and GNU Privacy Guard provide browsing, email, and encryption capability. A beta version of the Tunneler (based on OpenSSH and the Faster than Light Toolkit) is included for testing purposes.

The comprehensive benefits of the MetroPipe PVPM are:


Carry your entire Internet communication system on a tiny USB drive.

Contains a complete virtual Linux machine with privacy-enabled Open Source Internet applications.

Carry your Internet applications, email, bookmarks, history, web cookies, download files in your pocket.

Perfect for travellers - nothing to be scanned, started, poked, or prodded at the airport.

Get English keyboard support no matter what computer you use.

No installation needed - just plug the drive into any Windows or Linux computer, and click on the Virtual Privacy Machine icon and you're ready to go.

The VPM's network connection will auto configure and run seamlessly on any machine with a working internet connection..

All Internet session data (cookies, history, downloads, etc.) are stored on the VPM, not the host computer.

Runs on any rewriteable media (USB drives, Flash Memory cards, Secure Digital devices, iPods, etc.)

This technology preview release runs on Windows and Linux - final release version will also run on OS X.

Runs in full screen mode (press SHIFT-CTRL-F. SHIFT-CTRL captures and releases focus.)

Includes Mozilla Firefox browser, Mozilla Thunderbird News/Email client (with Enigmail plugins for PGP email encryption), persistent Home directory, a demo version of the MetroPipe Tunneler.

Created from 100% Open Source GPL code and binaries.

MetroPipe plans to begin selling the product in Q1 2005, as a software download and included on a large-capacity USB drive.

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