COMDEX in Chicago (April 20-23) was a titanic Linux hit. Vendors around us were astonished by the attention and business we drew to our booths.
The Linux Pavilion had a huge sign overhead (thanks to Carlie Fairchild of Linux Journal and Andy Wahtera, our new ZD/COMDEX representative), and multiple large floor signs guided people entering COMDEX to the Linux International Pavilion. We had a page on the COMDEX web site, mention in the Show Daily and other marketing “aids”.
Linux International vendors with booths in the Pavilion were Caldera, S.u.S.E., InfoMagic Inc., Linux Journal and Red Hat Software, Inc., a small number of vendors, but big in heart.
While smaller in attendance than its Las Vegas cousin, COMDEX in Chicago seemed to have a lot more end-user customers than the Las Vegas show—not really surprising when you consider Chicago is a cultural, economic and manufacturing center. While Mr. Bill was still trying to boot Windows 98 and have it stay up, the Linux International Pavilion was singing a sweet song. Some people thought we had set a new world's record for “longest line at COMDEX”--the line where people waited to pick up a free Linux CD-ROM.
I accompanied Red Hat's “booth gang”, Anna, Terry and Mike, to visit the Argonne National Laboratory and Western Suburban Chicago Linux Users Group (which thankfully is abbreviated AALUG and has its web site at http://hydra.pns.anl.gov/lug/lug-main.html). The meeting was actually held at the Fermi National Lab, which recently announced that Linux will be officially supported at their laboratory and with their applications. Donnie Barnes flew in from Durham, North Carolina to give a talk on Red Hat 5.0, and to help give out Red Hat “souvenirs”. I gave a brief talk at the end of Donnie's epic speech.
After the meeting ended, Dr. G. P. Yeh, a physicist in the computing division, invited us on a tour to see a particle-collider detector. Fermi is expanding their collider, and the new one is expected to produce more than 20 times the data of its predecessor. To expand the computing power to analyze and store this data in real time with traditional methods would have been very costly, so now Fermi is building a 1000-node Beowulf system to detect quarks (and other little things). Dr. Yeh told us that without Linux and the concept of Beowulf systems, the costs of supplying computer power for the next generation of collider would be many times what they are now forecasting.
Our sincere thanks to Dan Yocum for setting up the meeting at Fermi and advertising it, and to Dr. Yeh for showing us the collider.
On Wednesday S.u.S.E. gave a talk at the Chicagoland Linux Users Group, and on Thursday I gave a two-hour “ramble” to the same group after COMDEX was over. Then, tired and thirsty, most people retired to the Goose Island Brewpub.
The Chicagoland Linux Users Group (http://clug.cc.uic.edu/) helped to staff the Linux International booth, hand out flyers and line up user group meetings. So “thank you” to Clyde Reichie, Don Weimann, Simon Epsteyn, William Golembo, Gennagy “Ugean” Polishchuk, Long Huynh, Perry Mages, Viktorie Navratilova, Ben Galliart, Richard Hinton, and especially to Dave Blondell, the president, who organized the group and the schedules.
Linux International would like to encourage other Linux vendors to join us in the next Linux Pavilion at COMDEX, whether it be in Las Vegas or Chicago. We are definitely looking forward to the next COMDEX in the windy city. For information on membership or other information about Linux International, visit our web site, http://www.li.org/.
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.
Join Linux Journal's Mike Diehl and Pat Cameron of Help Systems.
Free to Linux Journal readers.Register Now!
- SUSE LLC's SUSE Manager
- My +1 Sword of Productivity
- Tech Tip: Really Simple HTTP Server with Python
- Managing Linux Using Puppet
- Murat Yener and Onur Dundar's Expert Android Studio (Wrox)
- Non-Linux FOSS: Caffeine!
- Returning Values from Bash Functions
- Rogue Wave Software's Zend Server
- Doing for User Space What We Did for Kernel Space
- Parsing an RSS News Feed with a Bash Script
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