Linux is spreading like wildfire through businesses these days. The proof is in the number of articles and article suggestions that I receive every month. The majority of these articles describe how Linux is being used at work by a surprisingly varied group of authors from all over the world. Usually we print only one of these “Linux Means Business” articles each month, but this month we focus on workplace solutions and give you five feature articles of this type. We have even more but there is just not enough space for all of them, so we will continue to publish one each month. We also have a few product reviews to help you select office applications that support Linux.
Last year there were several news items proving that Linux is being taken seriously by the big companies. At the LISA'97 Conference in San Diego in October, LJ's publisher, Phil Hughes, talked to a programmer who is porting Linux to SGI hardware. UMAX Technologies invested in VA Research, a company that sells its computers with Linux installed, even though UMAX is also a manufacturer of PowerMac clones. In Canada, Corel Computer Corporation announced that Linux will be the operating system installed on their new Video Network computer. We have an interview with Corel's President, Mr. Eid Eid, in this issue.
Another item of note is that Netscape has announced that Communicator 4.04 will include JDK 1.1 with support for Linux. This is definitely a step in the right direction, since Netscape has not provided any kind of support for Linux before. This is most likely due to the fact that Caldera is providing a Linux version of Netscape in their OpenLinux Standard.
As I am writing this in January, Microsoft is again being charged with unfair business practices, this time for bundling Internet Explorer with its Windows operating system. I must admit to brief sympathy on this one—I mean, Microsoft did announce in the beginning that this was their plan, and no one objected until it became a reality. However, I lost all sympathy when yesterday (and I paraphrase here) the Microsoft spokesman was asked if he truly thought that when the judge said Microsoft should supply a Windows version without IE, the judge meant for Microsoft to supply a version that didn't work, and the spokesman said “Yes.” You have to wonder what these guys are thinking.
Some upcoming Linux events that you might be interested in are:
Spring Comdex Linux Pavilion, April 20 through April 23, 1998, Chicago, IL. For more information see http://www.comdex.com/ or visit the Linux Journal WWW page (http://www.linuxjournal.com/).
USENIX Conference on Object-Oriented Technologies and Systems (COOTS), April 27 through April 30, 1998, Sante Fe, NM, El Dorado Hotel. For more information see http://www.usenix.org/events/coots98/.
4th Annual Linux Expo, May 28 through May 30, 1998, Chapel Hill, NC, Bryan Center at Duke University. For more information see http://www.linuxexpo.org/.
23rd Annual USENIX Technical Conference, June 15 through June 19, 1998, New Orleans, LA. For more information see http://www.usenix.org/events/no98/.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
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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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- Stunnel Security for Oracle
- Murat Yener and Onur Dundar's Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
- SourceClear Open
- SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- My +1 Sword of Productivity
- Google's SwiftShader Released
- Parsing an RSS News Feed with a Bash Script
- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 Released
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