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Regrettably, we had to increase our subscription price as of September 1. While paper costs have risen steadily for some time, we have until now kept our original subscription price. But our last printing bill increased 20 percent because of higher paper prices, and we are no longer able to absorb the extra cost. The price for a one-year subscription in the US is now US$22; outside North America it's US$32. See the new insert card for other subscription rates.
Digital has released a preliminary “end-user” release of Linux/Alpha, called BLADE—short for “Basic Linux/Alpha Distribution Eyesore”. As you can probably tell from the name, the “end-users” in mind are developers. It is designed to install on a “NoName” AXPpci33 motherboard with a SCSI drive. Networking is not completely working as of this writing, although some capability, including telnet, ftp, and rlogin are now working. X-Windows functionality is not yet ready to be included in the distribution, but work on both networking and X-Windows is progressing.
Following are the minimum hardware requirements:
Digital AXPpci33 motherboard with SRM console firmware
8MB or more main memory
1.44MB floppy drive
100MB or larger IDE or SCSI hard drive (340MB or larger suggested if you're going to do any kind of serious software development)
VGA video board and monitor
One of the most requested products to be ported to Linux is a WYSIWYG word processor (see “Reader Survey Results”, this issue). Caldera has announced that it has contracted with Novell to port and develop WordPerfect 6.0 for Linux. According to Caldera, their native port for Linux will be available some time during 4Q95 and will include HTML authoring tools to allow users to prepare documents for the World Wide Web.
Caldera is also porting the OpenDoc engine to Linux, and will be providing it and their own ORB (“Object Request Broker”, an important facility upon with OpenDoc is built) as part of the Caldera Network Desktop.
OpenDoc provides a vendor-independent way for applications to work together. For those familiar with Microsoft's proprietary OLE (“Object Linking and Embedding”), OpenDoc provides all the services provided by OLE, and more. It is developed and endorsed by a large consortium of companies, including Novell, IBM, Apple, and now Caldera, and it runs on Unix and Unix-like operating systems as well as MacOS, MS Windows, and OS/2.
Mark Komarinski, author of Linux Journal's “Linux System Administration” column, is writing a book on Linux, and so has suspended his column for a few months. We expect to welcome Mark back at the end of this year.
Open Systems World (OSW) is hosting its Second Annual Linux Conference at OSW '95 in Washington, DC. As we did last year, Linux Journal will be sponsoring and organizing the event, which will be held on November 13 and 14. OSW will continue through Friday, November 17.
Like last year, the two-day conference will include one day of sessions and tutorials and a one-day class for novice and intermediate Linux users. This year, the schedule is more streamlined, with more time allotted for questions and answers than last year, as so many attendees requested.
The sessions on Monday will include a panel of several companies which are commercially involved with Linux in different ways. They will present what they do with Linux and then participate in a panel discussion. Linux International, a group which promotes Linux for both personal and business use, will give a presentation detailing its activities and its plans for future activities. Author Matt Welsh will give a short class on porting Unix applications to Linux, and there will be several other presentations as well.
Monday night, a BOF (Birds of a Feather) session will be held. Those intending to attend the conference who wish to also attend the BOF session are encouraged to send e-mail to email@example.com so that we can schedule an appropriate and convenient meeting space.
Tuesday, there will be an all-day tutorial entitled “Linux for the New User”. Topics will range from “What and Why Linux?” through choosing a distribution, installing networking, installing and configuring the X Windows System, and finding the Linux applications you need.
On both days, the format will be open, and questions from the audience will be gladly accepted. Time has been set aside for Q&A sessions, as well.
Details are available on the WWW from www.mcsp.com/OSW-FedUNIX.html, or you can send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, you can send mail to Open Systems World, Inc., 10440 Shaker Drive, Suite 103, Columbia, MD 21046, fax 301-596-8803, or phone 301-596-8800.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide