Editor's Choice Awards
When the LJ staff decided to have Editor's Choice Awards this year in addition to the Readers' Choice, I agreed without truly realizing how difficult it would be to make decisions. So many fine products that support Linux are available today, and the number grows daily. This has indeed been a good year for Linux users, beginning with the announcement that Netscape would become open source and proceeding through the announcements of support for Linux by all the major database companies.
I must admit this one wasn't a hard decision. It is my belief that Netscape's announcement that Communicator would be open source started it all. This announcement galvanized the world to find out about the Open Source movement and the Linux operating system that was responsible for its creation. Linux needed a big company in its corner in order for the word to spread, and Netscape provided just the initiative that was needed.
This was probably the most difficult decision, so it ended in a tie. So many new products are available for Linux this year; finally, the flood of software applications we have all been waiting for is happening. However, the one thing everyone has always said Linux needs to become competitive with the commercial operating systems is a user-friendly desktop—both GNOME and KDE are filling this need.
While I was given some interesting suggestions for this one, I never had any doubt that the Smart Card was the proper choice. A credit card with a Linux CPU on it is just too extraordinary. The computer chip embedded in the card stores not only mundane information about the card holder, but also biometric information that can be used for identification—talk about great security! The suggestion most people gave me was the PalmPilot, which is indeed a cool product, but even though Linux runs on it, the port was done by programmers outside 3Com. According to Mr. Bob Ingols, a 3Com staff member, 3Com does not support Linux and does not plan to.
Corel Computer was the first company to declare Linux as its operating system of choice and sell computers with Linux pre-installed. With the continuing growth of Internet popularity, the network computer's day has come and the NetWinder is one of the best. It is small, powerful and easily configured. Best of all, it comes with Linux. Debian's recent port to the ARM architecture means that it too will run on the NetWinder. A close second was the Cobalt Qube Microserver—not only is it a great little server, it's cute too.
Another tough one. My initial choice was the GIMP, but it's been around for some time (my first thoughts always seem to be free software). At any rate, a port of a major database to Linux has long been anticipated, and Informix made the breakthrough with other database companies following suit. With support from Informix, Linux can now enter the business “big leagues”. A close second, in my mind, is Corel's WordPerfect 8 for Linux for the same reason—to be accepted in the workplace, Linux needs this product.
Some might call “foul” on this one, because it is published by SSC. However, this award is for the book and the author, John Blair, not for the publisher. Samba: Integrating UNIX and Windows was needed and its popularity has proved it. John has written a comprehensive book of interest to all who are running multi-OS shops. The book has been endorsed by the Samba Team, who has gone so far as to make John a member. If the award had been for “best all-around book on Linux”, I would have given it to the ever-popular (with good reason) Running Linux by Matt Welsh, published by O'Reilly & Associates.
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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