Report from the Front
The Linux Review Group is a group of Linux users willing to donate some of their spare time to testing Linux distributions. We have approximately forty testers, plus one secretary; me. Each time a distributor wants his product tested by us, five of our testers get a copy of it and review it according to a few criteria that we've chosen. This is all volunteer work, so now and then someone drops out and doesn't deliver his report. Therefore, I cannot guarantee that all the products we've looked at have been tested by as many as five people.
This is a free distribution, which we got by ftp from ftp.mcc.ac.uk in /pub/linux/mcc-interim/1.0+. It's available at nic.funet.fi, tsx-11.mit.edu, and sunsite.unc.edu
The best thing about MCC is the documentation: a 60+ page dvi document guides the user through the installation. There are also ASCII excerpts from this file.
The installation is menu-driven. The menus are not fancy (no color, scroll bars, etc.), but error conditions (i.e., no disk in drive) are caught.
There are couple of problems. The descriptions of the packages are a tad too short, and don't say whether each package is recommended or optional. Also, it displays the disk space use of each package after it has been installed. It would be nice to get that information before choosing whether to install a package.
Compared to Slackware, this is a pretty slim package. No soundcard support, no X-Windows, no TeX, etc. One tester complained that some of the “standard” utilities that he was used to from Slackware were missing. How-ever, instructions for getting these parts are included. MCC only takes about 30MB of disk space; ideal if you're a newcomer to Linux and would like to try it out. There is no UMSDOS support, however, so you'll have to repartition your disk.
This is a commercial CD-ROM distribution from Morse Telecommunications.
A very polished package, Linux Quarterly comes with an MS Windows installation program. One of our testers wasn't able to get this installation program to run, but that might have been due to some local misconfiguration. The documentation is well-written and fairly complete. Of course, like most Linux material, it's not intended for the computer novice, but if you have some previous DOS or Unix experience, it'll do fine.
The CD contains about everything you'll want or need, including MCC, Slackware, an image of the Linux area on tsx-11, etc. It can provide hours of fun for the inquisitive. Free tech support is included in the package.
Magnus Y Alvestad (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a student of computer science who is the current keeper of the world record for single-machine factoring (113 digits). He is also the secretary of the Linux Review Group.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
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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